Michaelis Ranch Field Study No. 2, 8 x 10
The rising terrain to the right of this composition intrigued me after getting a close look at it earlier in the day. It's full of cactus, scrub oak, brambles and live oak, with pockets of spring grasses that just light up from a distance when the sun peaks through the clouds. This type of terrain is typical of central Texas, along what is known as the Balcones Escarpment. This study is another very rough one, but I think I did a better job with the values here, than in today's first attempt.
One other note worth mentioning. Sharon Michaelis, along with ONE long-trusted hand, for all practical purposes ranch this land and its two hundred plus head of cattle by themselves. She is an amazing and delightful woman — relentless in her care for her ranch and every head of cattle on it, yet at the same time lighthearted and extraordinarily welcoming toward visitors. THANK YOU, Sharon.