Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Shadow-Angus Cow Portrait

 Close ups

 Oil on 5x7 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Lin supplied all the reference photos.

I wasn't too sure about painting such a dark character as the Angus but, thought it'll be a good challenge. The shadow of the ear across the shoulder really was what caught my interest.

This is oil on an acrylic toned canvas panel. First I covered the gessoed panel with a thinned alizarin crimson. Then I painted in the dark shadowy areas with black gesso. Below is what the start looked like. I like starting from a mid value and working my way up and down .

C&C welcome. Thanks for checking me out and commenting! :)

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Psalm 4:2      "How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods ?"

11 comments:

  1. excellent...! very fun to learn about your process too. He is a fine looking animal--you did an awesome job

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    1. Thanks a lot, Celeste!
      Your boat painting looks great!

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  2. Perfect under painting for this piece....I like the dark shadows on this cow...VERY well done, Dean.

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    1. Thank you, Hilda! The red tone is my favorite for my panels. Because it's a great mid value!

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  3. I really like the red under-painting. it makes the cool color vibrate. My fav parts are the ear sticking out and the nostrils...though i would hate to have to blow a nose that size.

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    1. Thanks, Julie!
      Lol! The price of the Kleenex's would break the bank!

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  4. What a wonderfully painted piece, Dean! Love the shadow myself and the bits of alizarin and blue that add highlights!

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    1. Thank, Sherry! Glad you liked those colorful highlights.
      Love your portrait of Michael today!! Bravo!

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  5. Such a nice cow. Love those purples.

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  6. Hi, Angela.....Thanks!!

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  7. the red underpainting just lights up these blacks and violets beautifully- so vibrant!

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