I am so glad to be finished with “Sunrise Breakfast”, not because it was tedious, but only because I was excited to see what the end-product was going to look like. I loved the kaleidoscope of colors in this painting. It was like a smorgasbord of purples, greens, yellows, and of course, my basic palette of black, burnt umber, burnt sienna, transparent red oxide, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, titanium white and naples yellow.
It is time to move along to this pair of bulls (unnamed at present). The first longhorn bull I photographed is from a ranch in Lampasas, Texas. I had my husband, Jerry, edit the photo to bring out some details and blow up several photos of him in “parts”, i.e., horns, face, side of face, dewlap (overhang skin in the front of the bull), where I knew there were going to be folds of skin, as well as any muscles outstanding. The second bull I photographed was in Salinas, Colorado (outside of Colorado Springs). With a little editing, I was able to get clearer definitions of his muscles and folds of skin. I’m really excited to continue my adventure to paint these two bulls.