I took a break from my “Personal Best” series painting today to work on a new watercolor. I had taken a great photo of a cow at one of our local farms last year and had been meaning to use for inspiration one of these days. Well, that day was today!
One of my biggest fans is an 18 month old little boy. Until recently, he lived next door. Every time he came over for a visit, he would also visit “his” cows. I decided that since he can’t visit as often, he needs his own cow. So this is Gavin’s Very Own Baby Cow!
This Cow’s a Bit Different, watercolor on paper, 12″ x 9″, 2013
I love to paint cows. I’ve been doing it for years using acrylics. These days, I’m working more in watercolors, so I decided it was time for a cow or two. This is my first attempt. Most of my acrylic paintings are more abstract, and the subject takes up most of the canvas. With watercolors, I tend to add more details and pay more attention to the background. My compositions are more all-encompassing. I’m slowly finding the balance between detail and style. And I’m having a lot of fun learning to paint clouds!
Miss Bessie, 9″ x 12″, watercolor on paper, 2013
“Moo Doo” acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 24″, 2012
I paint wolves all the time. It makes sense. I’m a dog person. I live with a dog. In the past, I lived with four dogs. Not just dogs, Siberian huskies! I might as well have been living with wolves. Painting wolves makes so much sense. So why do I love cows? I never lived on a farm. I did grow up in the country, but not really in the country. It was certainly not you’d call rural. We lived less than two hours outside of New York City. It was more “country” than country. And yet, I really do love cows! And I love to paint them! Today, after taking a fairly long painting break, I headed intot he studio and set to work on a new cow painting. I just love to paint cows!
This is one of my favorite paintings! It started out very rigid and just wasn’t working until the cow just found her way out of the paint.