Saturday, December 10, 2011

His Lonesome Cattle Call

His Lonesome Cattle Call
8" x 8" Oil on cradled panel
$155.00 + $10. s/h

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This is from a fall trip my husband and I took over to the Western Slope.  For those of you not from Colorado, the Western Slope is the name we call all of the mountains on the west side of the Continental Divide (which runs down the middle of the Rockies.)  This was about 6 hours from Colorado Springs.  We live on the Front Range.  That encompasses Fort Collins, Denver, Colo Springs, and Pueblo, or all of the towns on the range (you know, like home, home, on the range) on the eastern side of the Rockies.  Just a little geography lesson thrown in!

Anyway, we were out driving around on back roads and a herd of cattle came across a hill top.  So, I had to get out!  And then, this cowboy comes riding over the top of the hill.  What a perfect setting and scene!  Just meant to be a painting!

Sometimes when I'm looking for a title I use google to help me.  When I googled "song lyrics about cows" up came this song, Cattle Call, by Eddy Arnold, sung along w/ Lee Ann Rimes.  It seemed appropriate and provided a title.  I especially like the yodeling!

(LeAnn Rimes and Eddy Arnold)

LeAnn: 
(yodeling) 
The cattle are prowlin', 
The coyotes are howlin' 
Way out where the doggies roam 
Where spurs are a jinglin' 
And the cowboy is singing 
His lonesome cattle call 
(yodeling) 

He rides in the sun 
'Til his days work is done 
And he rounds up the cattle each fall 
(yodeling) 
Singing his cattle call 

Eddy: 
For hours he would ride 
On the range far and wide 
When the night wind blows up and slow 
His heart is a feather 
In all kinds of weather 
He sings his cattle call 
(yodeling) 

He's browned as a fairy 
From ridin' the prairie 
And he sings with an western drawl 
Singing his cattle call 

LeAnn and Eddy: 
(yodeling) 

14 comments:

mary maxam said...

So good Pam, love the composition, color and brushwork!

Celeste Bergin said...

great painting---totally captures the feeling of a working man

carol morgan carmichael said...

Love the light and mood in this piece! Great job!

hmuxo said...

A beautiful place to live, Pam!! This is a wonderful piece. I love the way the light is hitting him...

CrimsonLeaves said...

What a fabulous painting, Pam. The words to the song go magnificently with your story of this day and this rancher. Great job on the shadowing on his short from his hat brim too.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam,love your new painting direction, just beautiful! Gorgeous composition!

Pam Holnback said...

Thank you Mary! I love turquoise and think that love made the shirt fun to paint!

Celeste, Thanks so much. He is a working man! We sat there watching for quite awhile!

Thanks so much Carol. Don'y you love it when the light and mood are right there in front of you! Makes paintings just work so easily!

Hilda, Thank you. I am appreciative everyday of the beauty where live! That's why so many of my pieces are of the out of doors!

Thank you Sherry. When I saw those lyrics I knew they were meant for this piece!

Nancy, As always, thank you so much!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Wonderful post and painting. Love the warmth of the light and the position of the cowboy. Really nice Pam.

Joanne Hanson said...

Nice Pam! I hadn't seen you do figurative work before. I really like it!

Julie Hill said...

Pam, a great figurative. i especially love the shadow under his cowboy hat.

Pam Holnback said...

Thanks so much Dori. I liked painting this and think that when that happens to us, it shows in the finished piece.

Joanne. Thank you. As you know, I paint more landscapes and still lifes than figures. But, I so enjoyed this one. I hope to do more.

Thank you Julie. I really looked at that shadow and saw the colors and reflections, so pushed them a bit and it worked!

Julie Ford Oliver said...

What a great piece. Loads of manly strength emphasized by shadow and posture... and the paint quality is wonderful. I love your blog.

Douglas Clark said...

Love the way the background relates to the figure, in the way that it is very softly painted.

Theresa Paden said...

I really like this cowboy painting, especially the way you captured the light on his shirt! Also loved the geography info about Colorado!