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.
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.
and here it is all come together….
Waiting now to see what the client thinks – there may be a bit of revision to come!
4 thoughts on “Portrait of a cow.”
Love it ! Sure your client will too…you are so productive and fast at your work. Guess that comes with confidence.
This one was quick. Using the palette knife and not being fussy with lots of detail was very freeing.
Wow – very different – in a good way – from your usual. I like it
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 🐮)