I want to take a photo and change it to make it my own. As I sketch the figure, I try to make the sketch more exciting than the photo. I want this old cowboy to come to life. I want to feel him sitting up on that stagecoach. I want to feel the reins in his hands. I want the viewer to feel the miles of wear in those boots. I transferred the sketch to the watercolor paper by drawing with graphite tracing paper.
The watercolor paper is 300 lb. Arches Hot Press. I want this painting to look like I am having fun putting paint on paper. I want the brush strokes to be sure and strong. I want the viewer to feel the sun on the top of that old stage coach. I want to show detail but not so much that the eye gets bored. I’m on an adventure.