Monday, December 28, 2009

Cow-Expressive Strokes

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Oil on 5x7 hardboard.
This is for the WDE at Wet Canvas. The reference was supplied by Elizabeth.
Tried a new approach with this one...Keeping the paint unblended, I loaded the brush much like a palette knife-placed the paint with one or two strokes-went back and re loaded. This process hopefully produces a lot of beautiful color blends throughout the painting plus plenty of texture. One of my thoughts on this technique is to carefully observe what the paint does...What really counts is what's happening in the paint and the composition...subject matter is secondary.
Maybe I'm way off base with this, But I really enjoyed dabbling in the abstract a bit more than usual. Let me know your thoughts on this approach.

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11 comments:

  1. Dean, your dabbling brings joy to my heart! I love the textures that occurred with the way you applied your paint. You got some great results with your experiment. Isn't this thing we do fun?!?!

    -Don

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  2. I love cow paintings; they are always just so serene for me. Your cow here has just such a beautiful face and head, Dean! Nicely done and nice new effects too!

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  3. Very nice strokes. Yes, it is expressive including the face.

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  4. Love the brushstrokes. You must have been studying paintings by Moo-net!

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  5. I think cows are strong animals, so these expressive strokes show the cows power and strength. But for what is this cow waiting... hope there are strong fences around :-)

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  6. I like the result, your strokes are always expressive.

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  7. I love this experiment---I think you could paint anything with any tool. Try painting with your toes, I bet you could do it. lol. Seriously, there isn't anything you can't paint.

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  9. This turned out great, Dean. Happy New Year, my friend!

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  10. Ahhh... love your cow paintings. I came by to say, I loved your DSFDF portrait and to wish you a wonderful and prosperous New Year Dean!

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  11. I love your animal paintings!

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