Wednesday, March 23, 2011
8x10 oil on canvas
Last Saturday was my first painting class with Jerry Hunsinger, an artist I've admired for a very long time. Ann Rogers and I drove an hour North of Dallas to Howe for Jerry's class. The countryside was beautiful and filled with lots of grazing cattle. I had forgotten my camera, but Ann assured me she would take all the photos I wanted with her camera, that is until she took it out and realized she had a dead battery...so, there we were in "cow country" with not a camera between the two of us!
Jerry's class was wonderful, I began this painting there, then finished it up when I got home. Among other things, I know that foreleg is too small and need to go back and make some adjustments.
After our class Ann and I enjoyed lunch together about 3 miles from my house, as I was leaving the restaurant I saw a sign that said "Cattle Collection" pointing to the Hilton Hotel. As you probably already know, I made a quick U-turn and crept along the service road of the freeway and discovered longhorns in the parking lot behind the Hilton. My husband and I went right back, with the camera, ignored the private event signs and pretended to be a cattle buyer, all the while taking a ton of reference shots. The light was beautiful and many of the longhorns had brand new baby calves...score, a perfect day...painting a cow in the morning and discovering longhorns 3 miles from my house in the afternoon...most definitely a perfect day!