Friday, February 10, 2012

Large, Contemporary Colorful Western Longhorn Painting by Theresa Paden

Large Contemporary Longhorn Painting in Bright Colors
By Theresa Paden
"Leading the Way"

36 x 36"
Acrylic on 1.5" deep gallery-wrapped canvas
Painting is continued onto the edges, so a frame is not needed.

Here is a close-up photo of the painting

The lead steer is very important to the cowboys in cattle drives. 
He needs to be the type that will not let anyone else get in front of him, 
but also needs to be calm and unafraid. The herd will follow him 
and go places where they may normally not want to go, such as across 
rivers or into pens at the end of the cattle drive. By staying calm, 
the lead steer helps keep the herd from stampeding if they encounter 
something that scares them, like coyotes. One famous lead steer from the 
1800's was named "Old Blue" and he was beloved by his cowboys. His horns
are on display at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.
You can read all about Old Blue at this link

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  1. Wow! I love this post! It makes me so proud of this lead steer!!! Beautifully painted Theresa, as always.

    1. Thank you so much, Hilda! I really enjoyed learning all about the lead steer, too!

  2. This lead steer certainly inspires confidence... Beautiful painting, great post!