Oil on Canvas
24” x 36”
J. Park offers layer upon layer of color that becomes a cattle adventure.
Most animals are social and this is definitely a social setting painting!
There is painterly movement with strokes of confidence that defines the tilted heads and the gathering of the group in an uncanny communicative order; followed by disorder and ending with content-ness. The animals appear to seek a unified understanding and react to that moment in which they all share. They are close in space but, individual in the act of visual attending.
Rich tones of red, brown and orange separate the gathering and define individual animals. These hues are countered by an area of cool white, blue and the grey sky. The smallest touches of green, yellow and purple are present and add life to the slightly off balance of contrasting temperatures. What began as a painting of five longhorns has become an opportunity to appreciate the inclusive marriage of all colors of the spectrum.
The composition is abstract and requires momentary viewing of the painting. There are visual surprises – the counting of the longhorns; the sky and the turf in harmony, and the strokes of abstract patterns.
J. Park offers a visual journey. However, his choice of colors is the same found in more traditional and paintings, applying an abundance of earth tones that can complement any interior.
© Betty Houston
J.R. Mooney Galleries, Boerne