HOMER RANSFORD WATSON, O.S.A., P.R.C.A.
WATERING CATTLE, MORNING
oil on canvas
signed and indistinctly dated
18 ins x 24 ins; 58.4 cms x 43.2 cms
Homer Watson is celebrated for his accomplished renderings of placid, pastoral pictures of old mills, foraging sheep, horses harrowing and cattle watering. But these expertly composed landscapes belie the sensuousity of Watson’s painting excursions as recorded by the artist. Describing his forays, Watson speaks of mystery, awe, exhilaration, luxury, the sultry air, buoyant odors, the nameless foreboding of early morning starts, the “littleness of humanity and the greatness of the force in which we live.”
Watson writes: ”Truly feverish anxiety marks the artist when nature holds her gems before him. Trembling with eagerness he endeavours to pick them up, but he finds the brush a sorry instrument... Anon a few lucky strokes gather into something definable, and painter and nature are linked together.”
Jane Van Every, With Faith, Ignorance and Delight: Homer Watson, Homer Watson Trust, 1967, page 57.
Private Collection, Ontario