This painting is currently hanging in the studio...I need to varnish it, and then it will be ready to go to a gallery. Cowgirl has beautiful coloring, and a soft, pink snout that you want to reach out and touch. She is looking directly at you, as if she has something on her mind. Cowgirl was at the Ft. Worth Livestock Show last month. I have some great reference photos, so there are more cows coming! Thanks for looking at this blog. Contact Kay for more information on this painting or any of the art posted. Have a great day....Kay
Longhorn Cow Painting By Theresa Paden "Red, White, and Blue" 12 x 16" Painted with acrylic paint on a 1.5" deep gallery-wrapped canvas. Edges are painted so a frame is not needed. Email me for purchasing information. firstname.lastname@example.org Click here to visit my website
I just finished this painting yesterday in the studio. John and I had gone over to the Ft. Worth Stock Show a few weeks ago, and I was taking a few pics when we were walking through the barns with long-time friend Scott Schwerer, from Blandinsville, Illinois. He is a cattle guy....and we learned alot, saw alot and had fun that day. I don't know what this cow's name really is, but John Wyne appropriately named her Cowgirl. That works for me.
Here are a few photos of Day #1: when I drew the cow out on the canvas and started doing my rough sketching. I started with a 20" x 20" canvas, and painted a base color of a Titan Buff so that I was not working on a stark white canvas. Some artists draw with charcoal or pencil, but I skip that part and go straight for my brush and oils. I don't have enough patience to go through a detailed drawing...all I want to do is paint my subject matter.
Here I was putting in my darks, using dark violets and transparent reds and browns. I also decided to put in the background color of an icey blue/grey, which is opaque and will make my subject matter pop on the canvas. It will just be background, so I used a two inch flat brush and laid it in, not spending much time on it.
On Day #2: I was adding more layers of paint and putting in the darks again. The eyes are not set in, just scrubbed in. I have thick brush strokes of paint to indicate the beautiful fluffy coat. The cattle at the Ft. Worth Stock show were well groomed and very handsome and I wanted the coat to look clean and fluffy. I did not want any muddy colors on tthe canvas....
Yesterday, Day #3: I was spending more time on the snout and eyes of this cow...and putting some mid-tones in since I usually loose them along the way. As you can see, I had a reference photo and used it for the basics, but used my artistic license to make Cowgirl my own. I darkened the nostrils up and put some whiskers and eye lashes on Cowgirl, and signed the painting! Cowgirl is looking for a new home once she dries...contact Kay with any comments or questions on this painting.
This painting is fun and whimsical. These contemporary roosters and chickens were painted with loose brush strokes and bold color. These three chicks are having a hen session...and also looking for a new home. If you are interested in purchasing, contact ME. Thanks for looking...Kay