This was a true departure from my normal southwest Sedona landscapes paintings. I created this original whimsical watercolor of Ferdinand’s Flowers after I painted Patriotic Longhorns. My sweetheart saw this landscape wall art which I had hanging in one of the galleries where I exhibited, as a canvas print years ago and said that I should name it “Ferdinand’s Flowers, ” and so I did. The Story of Ferdinand (1936) is the best-known work written by American author Munro Leaf. Delight-in this image of a gentle bull named Ferdinand, with its amazing flowers & Love. Ferdinand is the world’s most peaceful and beloved little bull.
The Story of Ferdinand
Delight-in this true classic with a timeless message which has enchanted readers since it was first published. All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together. But Ferdinand would not have any part if it. Until the day a bumblebee and some men from the Madrid bullfights give gentle Ferdinand a chance to be the most ferocious star. However, he turned them down. Not wanting to fight being the gentle bull that he is.
Look close, and you can see the technique I used while painting this southwest landscape wall art. The first thing I do is to mask everything that isn’t the steer’s skull and horns. Masking Fluid prevents the paper from absorbing color to remain white. Then using red, orange and burnt sienna on the wet paper is how I achieved the background look, known as a wash. When the paint dries, I use a rubber cement pickup to remove the mask. This technique was used for Drums & Mocassins, Mondays, Taos Pueblo, and San Ysidro to name a few.
Southwest Sedona Landscape Paintings
While I love painting with watercolors, my current love is using acrylics, both heavy body, and liquid acrylics. Creating Sedona landscape paintings and any form of Sedona art is my current direction.