The native vendors on the Plaza in Santa Fe Nm, gather every morning to select numbers for rights to use a slot out fron for sales.. This colorful silversmith awaits his turn. The painting is done from a photo I took on location. This was intended to be only a preliminary sketch, taking about 20 minutes. The resulting painting is conforming what I believe to me my strong suit, the first strokes of paint are my most authentic, conveying something more raw and pure.
#844, Challenger class super steam locomotive is still operated by Union Pacific. It passed by here on a pr run this past week. I have tried to capture the wonder of it's 6400 hp coming to life as it steamed off.
I had a jr high english teacher named Dora Coble. She was up in age, and would sometimes tell stories that her father told her of his life. In later years, I found out that he was no ordinary man, he was Billy Dixon, buffalo hunter, and well known for the battles of Adobe Walls and the Buffalo Wallow. This painting is based on one of those stories she told, when a bull charged one of the hunters. He oly had time to fire with his pistol, no match for the buffalo's thick skull. Needless to say, the buffalo, horse, and hunter all met an early end.
This painting started out with the earthenware jug, no further plan, It morphed into what you see, one item at a time.. the last thing being added was the candle, which made me change the lightsource.. I know, plan your paintings first, but this wouldnt have happened without the spontenaiety.
I went out and studied a thunderstorm off to the north yesterday evening. The changes in this painting reflect some of what I observed. Cattle, another cowboy and a windmill have been added Not happy with the colors and scaling of the sage.