I always wanted to paint portraits...people portraits. Turns out I was no good at it so I painted a cow, and then another cow, and a llama, then a dog, then a cat and that's how I ended up here. Thanks for stopping by!
I love cow paintings, especially Highland cows. Highland cows are a Scottish breed and are my favorite to paint. The first highland cow painting I did was done as a hair study. His name was Angus and he was awesome. It took me a while to figure out how to do his hair. I had to do it in layers...medium, dark, then light. AND I had to let it dry in between coats....eh! Anyway, I think the painting was still wet, my mom took one look at him and said "I love him. He's mine." My mom is my number one fan.
So this is Brutus. He's the third highland cow I've done, but I've done a few poodles in between (their hair is remarkably hard to paint as well.) He's so shaggy he can't even see!
I started this painting months and months ago and it never really spoke to me. The cow painting was mostly finished, the background was a happy mint green. It was bleh. So it sat propped up against my studio wall. And then one day the little one was in my studio with me painting and she painted two big ole streaks of pink right across the cow’s nose. I was like “Eh, I never really liked that one anyway.” So months later, desperately trying to get as many paintings as I could together for the Big Easel I looked at this one and thought “Well, it’s MOSTLY finished…why not.” So I fixed the pink streaks, put in a new background, and, I have to say, it is one of my favorites that I’ve done this year. Boris is now hanging in the little one’s room. She loves Boris.