I told Michael I was going to do "a bull" painting for Durham. Well, I kinda went bull-crazy! They are so much fun to paint. This is Ferdinand... I started out with this nice large canvas (40" x 70") and did some studies thinking I'd do a nice strong classical bull... here's one of the studies:
Well, obviously, Ferdinand had other ideas and charged onto the canvas of his own accord... you can see on the right side of the canvas that I collaged in some cut-outs of some drawings that Picasso did of bulls and put them out in the pasture - they were an inspiration for Ferdinand.
Then, after I was mostly done painting him I sent a picture to my mom. She, of course, remembered the children's Story of Ferdinand and song of Ferdinand which I had totally forgotten... that's when I decided on the name... I am so glad that folks appreciated him. Even had a couple people disappointed that he had sold.