setting The scene
The bull speaks without words. Telling you, “this kid’s gonna get it”. And then the boy says, “bring on the horns”. Anyone can tell this relationship is not going to last. Once the boy makes contact with the bull’s south side, the bull will undoubtedly return the favor. At this moment the boy will quickly lose interest in bulling the bull, and will steadfast seek a Ph.D. education in self-preservation. With nowhere to run or hid, you can only dream of what will happen. And yes, it was worth it!
Bringing the bull and boy to the foreground allows you to focus on the subject matter, the bull and boy. When your eyes have feasted on the two they relax to view the remainder of the scene, then circle back.
Keeping the painting real with some colors of green was an intentional focus by the artist. As the bull was to be played out in cartoon fashion but the remainder of the painting more realistic. The artist wanted to convey real "character" to the bull, that a cartoon offers, yet keep the painting more impressionism style.
In the beginning the artist can envision the painting as completed. However, getting to that point is another story. Many hours of layout, sketches and thought are put into a painting before completion.
Moving from a 10-inch trowel the artist puts careful details where needed. Like the bulls eye's, including red, purple and even some green. These slight green fragments keep the painting is balance with the background. It slightly softens the great contrast of white and purple, with the yellow and green background.
The artist utilized his 10-inch metal trowel as a paint brush for portions of the painting. The combination of the 10-inch trowel with other very small brush strokes provides the painting with a wonderful amount of contrast depth. Notice the deliberate imperfections of white canvas and hues of under painting, specifically at the edges. The artist loves defying protectionism by deliberately leaving the beginning layers of a painting to show through. This characteristic of the artist technique provides yet another layer of depth, which is savored after studying the painting for some time.