(66) Cowboy, low-key study
6 x 8, oil
The goal of this quick-study was to keep the values between 5 and 8 (with 1 being white and 10 black) and divide everything into light or shadow. This model was the perfect cowboy (I'm pretty sure he has never heard of sunscreen) and I loved hearing his ranching and roping stories. When it was time for a break, he sauntered over to my easel to tell me he had noticed that I was taking this painting stuff way too seriously, and advised that I work less intensely in order to get more done--hmmnn, sage advice indeed.
"If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question, or asked the question wrong"...cowboy advice