Today's is a little larger;, 11x14, because I wanted more room to "move" with the brush. And okay, because I have a couple of 11x14 frames that'll work.
The aim was to get a sense of brilliant sun. One of my favorite artists is Winslow Homer, and he had a way of creating this sense of really bright sun by actually darkening the sky and landscape - which seems rather counter intuitive, but he sure made it work. So I thought I'd go for rich color everywhere, a slightly darker sky, and anything in the sunlight is infused with a cad yellow to create a sense of warm sunlight.
This was an old historic black and white photo of a real cowboy - he seems to me to epitomize what that was.