This is a public sculpture of Bill Pickett, a famous black cowboy. It is mounted to a downtown sidewalk in Taylor, TX. This is a historical piece where I had to reference old pictures to recreate his likeness. I even used a relative as a model study for many different angles and details dealing with form and proportions. I even had to research the type of clothes, spurs, and cowboy hat Pickett used for his era.
Paintings by Adam Davenport.
Sunset Over Wimberley, TX
This is a painting that I focused entirely on the use color and value. A sunset or sunrise is a perfect challenge in capturing the subtle changes in light thru a very wide range of colors and intensity. With this painting, I had to make a small color study as a road map to follow by. This helps out tremendously with large scale paintings. This helps with not guessing color choices and allows for working the entire painting.
I went plein air painting in Iceland in 2017. I focused on color studies during the trip. I handmade a travel friendly drying box for my oil studies. I used the studies as references back in the studio where I entirely used palette knives to create this painting. I sculpted the surface to create the forms of the rocks, water, etc. The act of painting from life gives a visual memory to draw upon later while back in the studio.
Murals by Adam Davenport.
Break on Thru, life size, Taylor Station, Taylor, TX
Break on Thru, life size. Taylor Station, Taylor, TX