The Out of Towners

“The Out of Towners” – Jack Sorenson

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Anyone who follows my work knows how much I like paintings that tell a story.  What I love about this painting is that the dog tells the whole story.

These three have been on the trail all day and are more than ready for a good night’s rest under the stars.

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Bringin’ Home a Ripe One

“Bringin’ Home a Ripe One” – Jack Sorenson

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I love watermelon and always have.  When I was a kid, many summer days were topped off with ice cold watermelon and home made ice cream.  I even competed in a few seed-spitting contests.I never dreamed we’d have seedless watermelons now.

This young cowboy is very pleased with himself. He is bringing home a watermelon for his family.  It has been thumped and approved.

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Cowboy Bed and Breakfast

“Cowboy Bed and Breakfast” – Jack Sorenson

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In my experience the two best ways to set a mood in a painting are to show warm welcoming light inside a building when it is raining or snowing outside or to show warm fire light on a cowboy camp.

Art is all about creating an emotional reaction from the viewer to what they see in a painting or sculpture.  Almost everyone can relate to the story of this painting.  A cold wet night in the saddle or a warm meal inside this restaurant.  I bet the antelope stew is hot and good.

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Not Bitin’

“Not Bitin'” – Jack Sorenson

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A fisherman has to have an abundance of patience.  My dad’s father taught me that during the hundreds of hours we fished together.  Gan-Gan could fish for hours and hours without getting a bite, but after a short while with no success, I’d become bored.  I’d keep changing bait and location and he would say “I wish you would sit down and relax.”

The story-line for this painting like most of the paintings I do of kids is based on my childhood memories.  In this case though the grandson is so bored he falls asleep as does his dog.  The worms in that can are in no danger.

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Daisy

“Daisy” – Jack Sorenson

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I enjoy playing complimentary colors one against the other in my paintings.  In this case, the background is predominately blue-green.  I knew the red oranges of the horses would be powerful against those colors.

For anyone who loves horses like I do, a mare and  foal standing in a field of wildflowers is hard to beat.

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