Dust Portrait

Dust PortraitI’m making a number of pretty large cow portraits. So far they are all 20″x20″. I’m trying to strike that balance between subtle atmosphere and interesting brush work/mark making. The paint in this one is harmonizing with the shining texture beneath the surface.

Last weekend I took a lot of reference photos not only of the ocean but of pastural scenery and the incarcerated cow. It seems there is no such thing as too much reference.

5 thoughts on “Dust Portrait

    1. I understand your question… they are a seemingly mundane subject. They live such pathetic lives entirely for us. I think they make for a sad sympathetic subject. But really I don’t have a good answer. I just have ideas pop up and derail my plans… I tend to follow them, sometimes the results are interesting sometimes not!


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