Monday, January 08, 2007

Storm's Brewin'

Storm’s Brewin’ by David R. Darrow 9" x 6" (22.9cm x 15.2cm)
Oil on Canvas on Birch Panel SOLD Collection of Deborah Moore
Celebration, FL – USA

About This Painting

I'm a Southern California native, born and raised here, so the only connection I have to the Old West, or even modern cowboys is from Westerns, books, paintings and stories my journalist buddy tells me — real working folk he's met on his travels down the back roads of Texas, Missouri, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Something that the stories portrayed about the finer men of the west is their inner sense, built on experience, mistakes, and triumphs. I always loved how the tough, quiet characters would look out at the seemingly clear horizon and just know that they were in for something overwhelming.

But beyond that, these are men who simply did their job, sunrise to sunset, heavy labor for hours, sometimes without uttering a word all day. Their conversations were with themselves. If they had concerns, worries, fears, they just worked them out in their heads, over time, day after day.

Maybe the storm brewin' inside is what taught them, giving them the sense of what nature had in store.

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Artoutwest said...

Extra-ordinary, exceptional work. Love this piece.

Robin Cheers said...

This is simply perfection. The mood is so very striking.

H Malott said...

Your last two portraits are wonderful. Confident and strong brushwork. Very nice!