Friday, December 4, 2015

Water Buffalo: Guangxi Autonomous Region in South China

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5" x 10" (12.7 cm X 25.4 cm) acrylic on hand primed board

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I originally drew this water buffalo into a much larger painting titled “Karst Mountains”, (see painting below) however I realized while working on the painting the buffalo would distract from the view of the mountains reflected in the water so I painted him out. 

In this smaller painting the buffalo has just surfaced still eating vegetation he has brought up from the bottom of the lake.

In Asian culture the water buffalo is still used to plow rice fields and to pull heavy loads as they have been used for thousands of years. They are highly prized animals and are even used in bullfights to prove their strength and dominance over other bulls in the area. You can read the story of the Asian Bullfights here: HERE

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