Portrait of a cow.

I had a request from a client for a large impressionist portrait of a cow with horns last week. He wanted a bit of collage as well and for it to be colourful and loose. This is not the sort of subject I usually do but I was up for the challenge!

I couldn’t find any patterned paper that I felt was right for the piece so I created my own by printing out info about cows ears and then ageing the paper with a mix of sienna and yellow ochre inks. I used the paper inside the ears as well as on the flanks.

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I knifed on the paint after mixing it with some modelling paste to give it extra thickness and texture but the background I left smooth for contrast. Then I mixed up some pinks and reds for the nose and mouth and added a splash of green at the side for a bit of zing.

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and here it is all come together….

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Waiting now to see what the client thinks – there may be a bit of revision to come!

 

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4 thoughts on “Portrait of a cow.”

  1. Love it ! Sure your client will too…you are so productive and fast at your work. Guess that comes with confidence.

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  2. How now fabulous cow …. she is a babe and a half and I absolutely unreservedly adore her (you know I have a bit of a thing about cows in general, I think 🐮)

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