My dad grew up in the 30's. He would get on the back of a mule, still so young that his legs didn't hang down but stuck straight out, and go into the woods to try and shoot a squirrel or a rabbit for dinner. That was part of life for so many people in the south. Livestock was precious and only killed for special occasions, hunting was a way to put meat on the table.
This was a really fun painting to paint. Lots of reflective surfaces and so much color and pattern....from intense to subtle. I also never knew that shotgun shells came in so many colors! Wildlife and Sporting art is a huge segment of the art market. The SEWE (Southeast Wildlife Exposition) is next month in Charleston, SC. It's a pretty big deal. For a glimpse at a few wonderful wildlife artists Click Here.
"prelude to the hunt"
8" x 8" oil on canvas panel