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Black Labrador And Pheasant By Les Kouba

By Les C. Kouba

Black Labrador by Les Kouba. I got to know a whole group of guys in the Mankato area through my work with the Johnson Reel Company. Dr. Paul Arnesen was one of them. He had a fine looking black lab named Tor. Black labs are most often associated with waterfowl and duck hunting; however, Tor loved to hunt pheasants. One day Arnesen mentioned to me that Tor wouldn’t last forever and would I consider painting his portrait. I liked the idea. I took several good photos of Tor and went home to work on the composition. I placed the scene in a typical Midwest cornfield with a Kouba farm off in the distance. Then, I had Tor coming out very proudly with a big rooster pheasant in his mouth. I added a red shotgun shell on the ground for color and to make the doctor feel good that it took only one shot to nail that rooster. The painting was a commission for Dr. Arnesen, but it proved to be a popular image with the public, too. A limited edition gun dog art print with a Black Lab bringing back a dead ring necked pheasant painted by wildlife artist Les Kouba Sorry but we are out of stock on these.

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