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“Holy Cow” or “Wholly Cow” Update


She is finished!  I completed this painting last night.  I have been working on it for the last three months approximately.  If you click on one of my recent past posts:  “Holy Cow” you can check out the gradual progression of this painting.  

It is primarily done in oils save for the base/background of the calf’s body.  I used Titanium White for her base.  It allowed me to create an abundance of underlying texture.  I then added oil paints over the acrylic. I really love the effect it elicited.  

Last night, I added the eyes and eyelashes (this is the first time I have ever painted eyes on a living creature in a painting) as well as the additional abstract colors that made this little calf appear more lifelike, even if the colors are not.  

I am quite happy with the finished piece.  I hope you enjoy it as well.  I have never painted a portrait of a living creature before so this was an experiement….a successful one at that.

I hope your week is off to a superb start!


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