December 26, 2007

(65) Cowboy, high-key study
6 x 8, oil
Since I have posted only still-life paintings so far, I thought I would switch to quick-figure studies I painted at the Scottsdale Artists School. The goal with this one was to maintain a high-key relationship keeping the lightest values at 2 and darkest values at a midtone of 5.
The school has the best models. This cowboy makes his own spurs, chaps, and leather belts (authentic to the way they were made in the 1800s)-- He was such an engaging and enthusiastic character, and lots of fun to paint.
"Courage is being scared to death--and saddling up anyway"...cowboy/actor John Wayne

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