Thursday, October 21, 2010
Does this happen to you is the question? Do you get really involved in one thing and kind of go hog wild or in my case Texas Longhorn Cattle wild? I do not know what came over me but after seeing Texas Longhorn Cattle up close at the local Texas Longhorn Cattle show here in Plymouth, California, I kind of got crazy for them. I would go out to auctions and would meet up with breeders to take photos of their cows. I wanted to paint them. They are one of the icons of the American West. Once you start reading about these cows you see how they were stellar candidates for living in the remote plains. They were and are easy keepers and could be herded for long distances to market with very little feed. They are pretty docile now for the most part but in the early wild years they were not to be tangled with for some were very wild and pretty mean when approached, even by a man on horseback. You have to give them credit, they were tough. I love painting these colorful and sturdy cows. Seeing my first Texas Longhorn Cattle made for, "A Painting Day".
"Tres Amigas"-24x30-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre