Wednesday, May 7, 2008

His Shirt Tail Has Come Out

6 X 8 Oil on Masonite board $125
includes shipping and insurance
SOLD to a Texas Collector
My walking buddy, Pat, and her husband attended a neighbor's calf working recently. Pat usually has her camera with her and generously shared the images she captured.
This cowboy was one of three in charge of roping a hundred calves to be inoculated, branded and castrated. Evidently it was a long hard day, because by the end of it, his shirt tail was flying and they all looked pretty tired.
Yes, here in Texas (and elsewhere, I'm told) calves are often "worked" the old way - from horseback. And there are a few young guys that have been taught how to do it. One of the cowboys helping out is a grade schooler. I first painted him and his palomino pony several years ago. He's about to outgrow that good pony, but I will paint him one more time before his daddy finds him a bigger mount and he "moves up". Stay tuned....
Studio update: I'm in the studio to paint, but since we still need to finish trim and cabinetry, not much else is in with me. The guys are trying to finish up re-roofing the house first with metal - and it isn't easy during tornado season! I am delighted with the lighting, though and find early morning natural light to be fabulous and later-in-the-day mechanical light to be equally so. THANKS, JOHN!!!
Psalm 59:16
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.


Pat Meyer said...

Being an artist and a horse trainer you have captured the mood. I don't paint horses but flowers. Love your paintings. They tell such a story. Pat

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

look at the action here. Beautiful brushwork too.
You nailed this.