This was from a class and the object was to make an abstract from a cupboard of "disorganized junk" This is about as abstract as I could get. I love abstract and for now will have to buy one. It was fun and fooled some friends when I told them it was mine. This is an acrylic painting which I don't do often enough.
I experimented with a thalo blue ground. It was a color I just bought and wanted to familiarize myself with it. Just jump right in and see what happens is how probably not the best way to paint. It has served me well when plein air painting but with a still life setup you have time to think it out. If this works well I will turn it into a larger painting.
I did paint the rose color into the Caribbean Blue at this point.
This is my granddaughter's dog as a puppy and may be a gift when I am happy with it. I have no problem with white when it comes to creating shadows but in light colors I need to push myself. This is the same problem that comes up in painting faces. I once had a teacher remark that the face I just painted looked dirty. I may go back to this one to darken the shadow area.
These three were on the side of the hill far enough away that they did not notice me. I cropped the photo to single them out.The challenge was the one in front. I just wish that she was facing me when she scratched.
I thought this composition was challenging. It did take me a couple of wipe offs to get it to this point.
I also liked the way this cow appeared to be speaking. I think she is counting and the other two are looking for a place to hide. They were in a pasture with lots of rolling hills and a creek winding though it; great places to hide. This reminded me of playing at my cousins' farm many years ago.
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.