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Painting of Western Contemplation – Dustin Roush

This is my good friend Dustin Roush from Gillette, Wyoming. Dustin posed for Leigh and I in July of 2006 at the DC Bar Guest Ranch, my friend’s ranch in Pinedale, Wyoming. Dustin and his family operate a very large beef cattle ranch in Gillette. Dustin was completing “guide school” classes at the time so he can work as a licensed hunting guide in the state of Wyoming. Dustin is a “master” with a lasso. He was giving lessons to all the other students. What a great kid he is as well as a pure gentleman. Here is the first day’s work. This is a rough base coat.

Western Contemplation WIP 1

Here is day two. I have added more detail to Dustin’s face, Stetson, shirt and hands. I was able to lay in the base coat for the upper part of his jeans.

Western Contemplation WIP 2

This is a close-up of that area.

Western Contemplation WIP 3

This is day three. I finished the base coat for his jeans and boots.

Western Contemplation WIP 4

On day four I finished detailing his jeans and boots. I have also roughed in his lasso and the dirt at his feet.

Western Contemplation WIP 5

This is a close-up of that area.

Western Contemplation WIP 6

This is day five. I have pretty much finished up all of the details on Dustin and laid in a rough base for the barn wall in the background.

Western Contemplation WIP 7

Here is the final. If you look, you will see the final details that I added to barn wall and the dirt.

Western Contemplation – Dustin Roush

This piece is traditional oils on my Ampersand “Gesso Claybord.” The size is 14″ x 24.

Dustin’s grandmother bought the painting for a wedding gift for Dustin and his fiancée.

Thanks for riding along. Stay tuned, there are many more of my works in progress to come.


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