I have had interesting activity in this, my rural Kansas life, of late. At some point I will write about it, but for now, I will share my fun artwork.
One day last month I was perusing the Southwest Art magazine (which I love!) and saw an oil painting, a knife painting, of a Hereford bull. I loved it. So much so that I called my local rancher (and next-door neighbor/good friend) and asked if she had any bulls (albeit Black Angus) that I could photograph for such purposes as to play with knife and oils?
She indeed took me out to where four of the ranch bulls (500 bovine specimen totaled at this ranch) were currently located. She took me out to the bulls' temporary pen. I was busy messing with two different camera lenses for my photos, and I asked her to hold the "spare". (My spare is a little expensive, and I think she realized this.) The two of us (50+ years old, both of us, but one of us is a marathon runner and one of us is a blog writer) ) climbed over the tall gate into their enclosure. This is where I asked, "Is this safe? Are we safe? Am I safe?" She smiled and said we were fine. I replied, "Well, I am behind you. And I can run backwards FAST. She replied, "And I have your camera lens with which to throw."
I took some photos of two of the bulls, and then asked if we could venture over to where the other two bulls were standing at attention towards us. "Sure, " she replied.
No sooner than those words were out of her mouth, but the next words, much more urgent, followed:
"No, nope! Let's back up!"
I turned to see Angus bull #A335 pawing the dirt. Head down, pawing the dirt.
What the heck?!! That's something that one sees in bull fight paintings!
I didn't want a photo of a bull fight bull. I wanted a happy bull.
I immediately walked backwards, as did my rancher neighbor. I softly reminded her that I was behind her and that I could run backwards really fast. She immediately reminded me that she could throw my camera lens at the errant bull post haste.
We both made it back over the gate without incident. I got some terrific photos, which I will utilize later in a knife oil painting. As for now?
I made a fun picture of a fun bull. I began with Guernica, and finished with Laurel Burch. Whoa.