"Loosening Up" is my newest painting to date and is headed to Trailside Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming. The inspiration was our son-in-law, Danny, who had been gathering cattle all morning during spring roudup. At the corrals, he loosened his cinch, creating some breathing room for his partner. The corral branding was next and would predominately be ground work.
If I were to chose one word for this painting, it would be reflections. It is a moment of transition connecting the mornings work and what would occur in the hours to come. This was the pause between the chapters of the day where I am sure Danny gave thought to his morning as well as what was ahead.
The figures reflect the colors of the environment but the lighter values of the white shirt and grey horse provide added opportunity for color to vibrate. This piece was fun...I enjoyed the journey!
"Red Silk" is miniature that will be available at Tierney Fine Art in Bozeman, Montana. Again, the vibrations of cool and warm attracted me.
There are more paintings on the easle...I look forward to sharing them with you!