Here are some photos from the the progression of the painting. The large 5'x8' blank canvas was built by my Dad. I then added the base coats of gesso, which is an acrylic base coat. As you can see in the first photo, that was done in my garage.
Looking at a blank canvas, especially one this size, is always exciting to me–to imagine all the possibilities and color that will be layered on it to make it come to life.
The next photos show the painting at various stages that took approximately two months to complete.
The dog was added at the request of the bank president. He had a similar dog when he was a boy.
My knowledge of cattle is pretty limited, but it was fun painting the rich reddish browns of these herefords.
My oldest son, Joe, served as the model for the farmer.
The farmers cap was later turned to green and gold. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of farmers who would prefer it to be red. More posts to follow.