I was kind of having an artist's block and I wasn't really in love with any of the sketches I made in the previous post. I had sort of stressed myself out about having something that would be perfect (as I do), but that isn't the point of this assignment or art in general, so I decided that I would grab some paints and create something that would make me happy. My mom loved the idea of painting a cow, especially since it would connect to the family's mountain house where there are often cattle grazing. Painting this piece really felt like it was from the heart and is linked to the many animal drawings I have been creating recently. There were a couple frustrations along the way as the paint I was using wasn't as opaque or thick as I would have preferred, but it worked out with a lot of layering. Also doing the grass was very tedious and I am not completely happy with it. I was trying to create variation and texture but it still looks flat. Overall, I think she is very cute and I love how the over saturated orange and blue complement each other in the cow. There is definitely room to improve but I think I am getting better at these mini paintings.
My family has a house in the mountains which is very dear to me where we raise cattle. Following my journey of portraying animals, I wanted to depict the serenity I feel while at this spot through a calmly resting cow.
I am a Maggie Walker art student in Richmond, Virginia. This blog section is a little window into my art process, research, and experiences. You can follow along with my journey as you scroll.