Friday, September 25, 2009

Cow Portrait

Close ups.

Oil on 7x5 hardboard.

I've enjoyed doing cattle in the not too distant past. Here's another. This is the Murray Grey breed. I've pushed the color to give it the appearance of standing in a still moonlit night.
I started this composition by first applying black gesso to the support. I then applied a thin coat of pthalo blue acrylic which made it even darker.

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Unseen Rajasthan Award




I would like to thank Megha Chhatbar
for honoring me with the Unseen Rajasthan Award. Her work is delightful in style and color. Please check her out! At this time, due to time constraints, I won't list artist's names because I just did that a little earlier. Please check out my sidebar...a bunch of very talented folks!
Thank you Megha!

25 comments:

  1. Hi Deano
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I enjoyed looking through your art work. This cow portrait is quite stunning. I love the color of the highlights against the blue mauve of the cow. You have really captured the feel of moonlight. Interesting applying the pthalo blue over the black.

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  2. Great highlights. I've got to try that black gesso.

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  3. Love the highlights on the cow...Beautiful job, Deano!

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  4. Oh!!! That's the most beautiful painting...

    I am mooved.

    To paint is human, to moo - bovine.

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  5. Hey Mr.Dean...First I thought this is a photograph...:) Lovely colors and lots of details...

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  6. Thank you for your scripture verses when posting, Dean. Love this painting; you've mastered the fur...hair? Cows are so beautiful with their soulful eyes...

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  7. Catherine...thanks for stopping by! I really enjoyed your blog.

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  8. Hi, Pam...Yes, by all means, try the black gesso. It's great to see the colors pop right from the start

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  9. Patrice...Lol!
    I love to paint the bovines. When I run out of good reference photos, it's like being 'up the creek without a cattle'!

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  10. Thank you, Megha, for the kind words.

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  11. Hi, Autumn...I just hope that the scriptures may help someone as they have helped me. I look at them as gentle reminders.

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  12. Hi, Elizabeth and Barbara...Thank you ladies!

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  13. Beautiful Dean favorite part is the moon light bouncing off his head.

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  14. Wow.... thanks for sharing your tips on making a heavenly bovine. I've always loved cow portraits. I love the glow around this one's head.

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  15. you've made him look very noble indeed. A beautiful painting.

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  16. Beautiful job, my friend. Great textures.

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  17. Great portrait Dean! Great highlights, really like the colours, gives the painting a moody feel:o)

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  18. Love the way the cow seems to be greeting the viewer...wonderful, Dean!

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  19. Outstanding work as allways Dean
    I hope you are well.
    Best Regards

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  20. Awesome piece! I love the moonlight glow that you captured so well and I like reading about your process. Keep up the great work, Dean.

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  21. Mooooovalous painting Dean!

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  22. Great crop and, of course, great technique! What I love about the composition is that it's so "cow-like"...you know...the way they are so curious and come right up to whatever is intriguing them. This fisheye view captures that tendency perfectly!

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