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The image in this buffalo’s eye is one that has been reflected so much in the history of the American experience. I like to think that perhaps he won this one encounter and lived to wander the great plains, size was on his side.
“Historically the buffalo had more influence on man than all other Plains animals combined. It was life, food, raiment, and shelter to the Indians. The buffalo and the Plains Indians lived together, and together passed away. The year 1876 marks practically the end of both. . . .” Walter Prescott Webb, The Great Plains (Ginn and Company, 1931).
This watercolor was painted on 300lb Arches paper, I used Grumbacher premium W/C paints and Russian Sable brushes. I employed a wet on wet technique with multiple layers of thin color glazes.