Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cow Painting

I love cows and I love trees but I don't like to paint 'em. Passing the pastoral back to the landscape artists who execute them lovingly, convincingly. Paintings created with reverence and endearing joy for the breezes, sunshine, birdsong, bugs or whatever else sneaks up behind them.

cow painting"Bovine Theory" 16"x20" oil on canvas

Now, here's what I do like: the challenge of portraying speed and power. Brushwork, flashing color spots and intense expression creating the thundering whirl that becomes a horse race.

horse racingStarted oil , 16"x20"

Maybe not so thunderous anymore with all the new synthetic surfaces but it's dynamic movement nonetheless.

Scientists tell us that the fastest animal on earth, with a top speed of 120 feet per second, is a cow that has been dropped out of a helicopter. - Dave Barry

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