Sunday, January 29, 2012

Grand Champion Limousin Bull

Two and a half hours work on a sculpture
 After Church today, which lasted longer because our annual parish meeting followed the service, I went back to the Stock Show to sculpt.  There is only one more week left of the show. I have sculpted several longhorns but I wanted to sculpt a different breed of cattle. I walked around the cattle barns for a bit and right away, one bull stood out. It was a large black limousin bulll. He was magnificent looking.
 I came in today with nothing but a blob of clay and a wire armature from a previous sculpture. It didn't take long before I realized that I did not have nearly enough clay. I decided that I would try to sculpt half of the bull  in profile so I could capture as much of the important information as I could.

Xyloid, the Grand Champion Limousin Bull
 The bull I sculpted is from the Magness Land and Cattle Company in Colorado. His nickname is Bob ( I think his registered name is Xyloid ) I found out that he was selected as the Grand Champion Bull. I guess I know my cattle, because this one actually stood out as being special without knowing beforehand that he had won anything. (My cousins did  raise and show hereford cattle and I had a pet angus cross calf that I raised when I was about seven or eight.)
 Bob was very docile as he was lead outside to wait to be loaded into  his trailer. I took a lot of photographs, so hopefully I will have enough reference material to finish sculpting him.
Me sculpting next to Bob and some of the other cattle from the Magness Land and Cattle Company.
 While he was tied up outside I pulled up a stool and sat down beside him to sculpt. I had a lot of people come up to talk to me as I sculpted, and I never mind that. It was a warm day and a pleasant way to spend several hours creating art. I've got a long way to go before I am finished, but I do feel I got a good start today and met some very nice people while I worked.
Me sculpting outside.


  1. Looks like it's going to be a winner. I love your sculptures!

  2. Thanks for sharing your adventure. The pictures are great. You have a pretty good likeness going. I can't wait to see the finished piece.