Blanca ~ otherwise known as White cow in a Snowstorm

Blanca ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on panel
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I’m always fascinated with the different variations of white. White things are never actually white to paint. I was inspired by how things seem to emerge out of nowhere, on those foggy, heavy misty days that are abundant in this west-coast village I call home.
I know I should have something deep to say about this painting or my technique, or purity or SOMETHING! but nothing is coming to me. My brain is a pure white blank slate…

Texas Gold ~ Texas Longhorn Cow oil painting demonstration

Texas Gold ~ 9″ x 12″ oil on canvas panel
I think I’ve mentioned before that a man down the road from us has Texas Longhorns. They’re such a fascinating animal. They look so powerful and intimidating, but in actuality they’re quite gentle and sweet natured.  Unfortunately, we live far from Texas, on the rainy West Coast of B.C., and light like this just doesn’t happen. I tried to imagine and convey the heat and intensity of a summer Texas sunset in this one, as I don’t think the mist and cedar trees of Bella Coola are a fitting environment for these magnificent beasts. For sale now at Daily Paintworks, click HERE to take you to the auction page.
Below, I’ve showed a few of the steps that I took in creating this painting. I know I should take more pics but I get so into what I’m doing that I forget to stop to show you my progress.

                         

Step 2 ~ about halfway done…I’m working out the shadow of the cow, and experimenting with the color of the background, adding some lights and mid tones, throwing in touches of pure color to excite the eye…(I hope, lol!)
Step 1 ~ the first block in. I do the darks first, working out the composition…It’s much easier to work darks into light than the other way around. I find that the darks provide the framework, and it’s everything on top that adds form.

The Texas Longhorn

Tex ~ 8″ x 10″ oil on panel
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A friend challenged me to paint a texas longhorn cow, since I’ve been painting a lot of cows. I found it difficult to find a format to fit his horns! I might get my hubby to cut me a long, narrow board. I think that might look cool, too. 
I’ve been experimenting with thicker paint lately, and this one is pretty juicy. I used a pallet knife in sections, and scraped away to the orange ground, and built the paint up thick in other areas. I think I like the effect.

Carmella the cow

Carmella ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas panel
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Again, I’m having fun with complementaries. The blue and the orange are such a vibrant combination. I also decided to change things up by painting this one on an orange ground, too. It peeks through the blue, adding a neat colour vibration. I’m working on loosening up, too. This painting has thicker paint and looser brushwork. It’s a challenge to see how little information you can add and still keep the painting strong. I still probably over-did it. My inclination is to get finicky with details, but I think that sometimes kills the strength of a painting.

Got Milk? ~ Cow portrait

Got Milk?” 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas panel
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I’m having a bit of fun again with the complementary colour scheme, and of course, cows…Painting cows always makes me happy. They’re just so endearing, that I can’t help but smile while I’m painting them. This little darling had just finished nursing from her mom and had a milk must mustache, but she’s not a bit concerned about it!
I’m really happy with how she turned out. I almost want to keep it for myself 🙂

Signs of Spring

You know it’s spring when these colourful little critters start popping up in fields all over the countryside!
I just can’t resist those long eyelashes and that little mischievious twinkle. She looks like she’s full of “piss and vinegar” as my dad would say;)
For this one, I tried to work the complementary colours of blue and orange to make this little gal pop. 
Curly Sue ~ 6″x 6″ oil on canvas panel
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"Belle" Portrait of a Cow

 “Belle”  10″ x 10″ oil on canvas  $350.00
 
This is a painting I did last week of a cow. It makes me smile when I look at it. That big dumb stare and the nose in your face, lol!
I love cows…their wet noses, their soulful eyes and the milk they give us. We get our milk from a farmer down the road. The kids love it, and I make my own yogurt and butter. It saves a load of money, plus you get the peace of mind knowing exactly where it comes from and what’s in it. No antibiotics and preservatives, thank you very much! 
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