- LES LEFEVRE
- Photo circa 1947, I always wanted to be a cowboy! Whether working for a short time on the historic Hansen Ranch in Jackson Hole as a young man, just out of the service, to working the stock at the Jackson Rodeo, it nurtured in me a love of the American Cowboy. From my home in Dubois,Wyoming. I look forward each spring to roundup time with my good Friend, John Sides. On his 20,000 acre cattle ranch in South Dakota, each year we relive what ranchers and cowboys have done since cattle were introduced to the west. Little has changed in a hundred years and the experience and camaraderie is all cowboy. The period of 1820 to 1880 on the western plains was the most colorful in American history. Unfortunately, I was born too late to experience it first hand.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
I have continued to fill in the cowboys and tried to balance out the background light with the shadowed figures. I want to keep them from being silhouettes so that there is enough interest to want to go back and look at the painting again. I will try to keep the background light and uncompeting with the main characters. I will continue to work on the lighting and shadows and refining the overall feel.
Friday, December 10, 2010
I guess I am writing this mainly to myself. I have been tending to my aging mother who passed on to be with God and her family on November 8, 2010. After spending 2 to 3 hours a day for the last 8 months with her, it is now time to return to my art. I found through all this time that painting is something that can be done any time but to create art and do the best you can do is not something that can be done with out complete devotion to it. It is time to get back to work. I warmed up with a little 9x12 of String Lake near Jackson Hole Wyoming. It is a wonderful little place with lots of atmosphere. You can hardly go wrong in any weather or time of year. I also have gone back to painting The Funeral piece and will show you how I am progressing. I have worked one part of the painting all the way to the foreground and in to the distance to try to establish some feeling of depth and see if I want to make changes