Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ORANGE TIPS


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!

8 comments:

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Angela - this is splendid! Even as the small avatar in my blog roll, it immediately grabbed my eye. Beautiful work.

carol morgan carmichael said...

You would have seemed more legit at the cattle auction if you had arrived with a trailer. I love that story.
I hate when I end up without a camera or a dead battery in a great photo situation.
Really like your longhorn. I don't notice a leg problem. Great job!

Ann Rogers said...

First of all, yes it was a great day, even with the camera problems. Your painting turned out beautifully, short legs and all, but only you would notice that! Hadn't heard about you finding more cattle that afternoon and at the Hilton, no less....only in Texas!

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh most definitely a perfect day! I wish I could go with you and Ann and just spend the day. We would have such fun! I love this cow, Angela. 'Cept I keep seeing/hearing "sirloin tips" instead of "orange tips." I don't know what is wrong with me either. I try not to think of stuff like that when I gaze at these bovine gentle beauties.

Pattie Wall said...

Cows are a very interesting animal to paint. You did this orange tipped one with style!

Lorraine Shirkus said...

Wonderful painting Angela! I don't see a thing wrong with it or needing adjustments. Loved reading you crashed a cattle auction!

Kay Wyne said...

Holy Cow! Good cow story. I am sure that you will be painting lots of moo-cows.

sam said...

Thats a great job Angela, love the orange-and how lucky to have those longhorns so close:o)