I liked the way this cow appeared to be mooing. I also thought the composition was challenging. It did take me a couple of wipe off to get it to this point. I think he is counting and the other two are looking for a place to hide.
I wiped this a couple of times before I was satisfied with the results. After wiping away one of the distant cattle I had second thoughts. I wish my paintings had Control Z to undo. I am happier with the cow that I moved and painted again. Sometimes if it isn't working you have to bite the bullet and try again. This was one of the hardest things I had to learn, especially after the first time I tried it and it was worse than the original. I ended up ripping the watercolor painting and throwing it away. I have to chalk it up to learning the hard way. You can make it worse but that is just another learning experience.
I have had this photo reference for years and finally decided to use it. I edited the background to make it more interesting. That was one of the reasons I put off painting it until I felt confident enough to pull it off.
I have painted this year several times through the years. I love the way the branches spread out. It is located in Rodeo Park and during winter they close the gates and you will have to walk to it but it is worth the view.
I am hoping that spring is just around the corner. Since I slipped on the ice and sprained my ankle, I switched to watercolor. When painting in watercolor I can sit down and paint. I have never gotten the hang of painting oil sitting down.
I challenged myself with this pose, but it showed the different colored ears much better. I have a commission coming up and needed to work on dog portraits. I may have to go to the local PAWS animal shelter and take pictures if they let me.
8 x 6 oil on canvas
I started with this rough out because I was having trouble with proportions. I meant to get the whole tail in as it had a spot of white on the tip, but as you can see it didn't work. I have already scraped this off a couple of times.
I like it when the grocery stores sell these tomatoes on the vine. It makes a more interesting subject matter. I used some of the orange paint left over from the reception. Carroll took a painting workshop from Dreama Tolle Perry and came up with some new paint colors she let me try.
Fresh raspberries looked awfully good yesterday. I had some paint left over from the paint out at the Art Center. I liked the Transparent Oxide Orange and Caribbean Blue and may have to break down and buy some.
My artist friend Gin Lammert had an exhibit at the Fort Madison Art Center and as part of the opening reception she asked her fellow artists to paint. We had six artists painting and a nice crowd watching; all having a good time. My friend Carroll squeezed out some new paint colors for me to try, see the lovely blue next to the cow's head. I think that color was Caribbean Blue.
In my first painting of whiskey on the rocks I used a simple glass. This is a cut glass that I found more challenging and sometimes that is what draws me to paint it. I just changed the title from Over the Rocks to On the Rocks, because my husband made fun of the fact that Over the Rocks was incorrect. I guess I would not make a very good bartender.
Usually I like the cow to face towards the inside of the painting, but when I was cropping this the background worked better from this side. I did take out the fence. I have seen a lot of great paintings with the fence when the elements are placed correctly.
The snow is coming down and it is expected to keep snowing till noon tomorrow. My father used to take a shot of whiskey before going out in the Iowa winter. I don't think it really kept him warm but I guess he thought so. This is a little tighter than I would have liked. I painted it, then went back into it a couple of days later to refine the details. I painted this on canvas and I had to fight the surface. I think if I decide to paint this tight again I will paint on Ampersand panel.