On Watch for Rustlers, gouache & wc on arches, 14x17
My Egypt by Charles Demuth (Whitney Museum)
I was perusing THE 20TH CENTURY ART BOOK when I saw this painting by Demuth. I didn't see a building; I saw boots and cowboy hat. I closed the book and made a quick sketch on green card stock--a cowboy and his dog/horse. Later I read that cattle rustling was on the rise in the West; I took that as a sign I should make a painting, and this one was pure fun--watercolor background and first time using gouache for the figure.
The gun (probably an over-and-under) was an afterthought; I thought the painting needed a vertical. Later when I looked at Demuth's painting I noticed the smokestack--it was probably buried in my subconscious. Wonder what else is there?
I always like my first childlike drawings. I added the grid later just to check placement--I believe that we have an innate sense of where things should be placed and can hit the marks without aiming.