Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cow-Soulful Eyes

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Oil on 5x7 gessoed hardboard.
I have missed doing one of my favorite subjects to paint. I used to do quite a few of these a while back. Anyhow, here she is in all her her soulful eyed glory.

Once again, I toned the board with red acrylic and allowed it to peek through my brushstrokes.
Hope y'all like it!

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23 comments:

  1. Wonderful cow, Dean. I could reach out and pet that sweet face. Love the glow.

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  2. Love it Love it Dean! I love cows too, but don't think I've ever painted one...I even posted a pic of one for anyone to paint...so I suppose I should take my own advice one of these days!!

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  3. Cows are one of my fav subjects but again you amaze me with a painting that has the look of a large gallery piece that turns out to be so compact!

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  4. Hi Dean--is the reference from Wet Canvas? I agree with Sheila..it is always remarkable to realize these paintings are 5 x 7! You must use small brushes!? Great job ...a beautiful warmth.

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  5. Wow. I agree with Sheila too..and liz..you treatment of the coat of this soulful animal does make one wnat to reach out and touch. Good work!

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  6. Her eyes are so innocent. color use is amazing. You did it again..:)

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  7. Great colour and she is just lovely :)

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  8. Wonderful one, Dean - love the colors and composition as well as your great brushwork.

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  9. Wonderful painting. I've been wanting to draw a cow and hope to do so once I am able to put pencil to paper again.

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  10. Thanks, Liz...Cows have that endearing effect upon a lot of people.

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  11. Hi, Saundra...Those are nice reference pics you're posting on your blog. May have to have a go at one soon.

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  12. Thank you, Deb.

    Hi,Sheila & Celeste...Thanks for your kind words. My preferred brushes are Winsor & Newton Monarch (imitation badger) flats in sizes of #8, #6, and #4. I manage to get detail by twisting and turning their sharp chiseled edges. I also use something like a #2 pointed round for a very few details.
    I really enjoy working in the 5x7 size, plus it simplifies shipping!

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  13. Hi, Cathyanne, Megah, and Elizabeth...Thank you ladies. Your comments are all appreciated!

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  14. Ooops..forgot,Celeste...Yes, the reference is from the Wet Canvas Reference Image library.

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  15. Thanks, Edward. Hey, I just checked out your beach scene...OUTSTANDING!

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  16. Hi, Maria...I hope you will be settled in soon. Looking forward to your cow drawing!

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  17. Love all the oranges in this. Really pretty...just love cows. You did a wonderful job on this!

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  18. Love your brushwork and your colors.

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  19. Fantastic, the colours are incredible, feels like the sun is just going down.

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  20. nice one Dean. Like the way you came up with an old subject and picked out a great way of presentation.

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  21. I've enjoyed looking at your paintings and laughed when i saw the cow. I say that because one of my loves is painting cows! Other farm animals get in on the act as well. It's so nice to meet someone who paints similar subjects. My animal paintings have been well received but even better i love doing them.
    Thanks so much for sharing your work.

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