Saturday, September 14, 2013

Curiouser and Curiouser ...

my sketch

first w/w washes - quin. sienna and quin. burnt orange
I previously did a thin glaze of pink & phthalo blue for the shadows.
Then I tried to get as much pigment on in the washes as possible.

phthalo blue gradated wash for the sky

Curiouser and Curiouser
10.5 x 7.5 inches/ 26 x 19 cm./ unframed
Available through my blog via paypal
quin. gold and some weird green [I don't remember the name, but it granulates nicely] for the grass
I thought "Curiouser & Curiouser" was an appropriate title. When I was taking photos of the heifers, they were all but crawling through the fence to see what I was doing.

The middle one is my reference.

Up close and personal! :)

I met with the owner a few weeks ago, and have, since then, been carefully darkening Krystie. The top photo shows more of what the background is really like, and the bottom one shows [somewhat] the darkening. If I leave the painting here much longer, I will nit-pick it to ruin, so I had better get it to the owners this weekend!

Thank you so much for visiting, and your comments are always welcome!


  1. "Curiouser and Curiouser" turned out great! I love the way you painted the background, especially the grass! What is it about cows that make such wonderful painting subjects!
    The photos are really cute! I like the one with all three a lot!

    Yep, leave "Krystie" alone . . . she looks great!

    Nice work as always, Kathryn!

  2. My sweet Kat
    First I want to thank you for all the love you have been sending me and moms- all the good wishes and hope.

    And now I want to tell you I love your paintings,, so much. Thank you for always sharing beauty and love on your bloggy.
    love forever
    your tweedles

  3. HI Kathryn, they are beautiful, I esp. love the Cow. I love to paint them!! He or she is adorable! love to you,Diana

  4. I love watching cows - such curious creatures! Yours is adorable! And that dog is so cute - her owners will be delighted! :0)

  5. Catching up with everyone's paintings..Just got back from vacationing in beautiful Arizona!!! Love all of your work, Kathryn!!... the dog is amazing!

  6. What a fun painting of the cow - great position and title!! Lovely little doggie, too :) Have a great week.

  7. I like how you changed his markings. Nice composition. The white on his muzzle leads the eye into the painting and connects well with the other white areas and the pale blue sky.

  8. The cow really had me laugh ( cows always do ), she is so awesome , you captured the 'cow nature' so well ! And that little dog is just adorable and superbly painted , for sure you will make another owner happy ! xx

  9. Love the heifer painting! So funny how curious they are.

  10. And didn't Krystie turn out beautifully! She has a melancholy kind of look and the background compliments her expression and her coat perfectly. What a gorgeous piece, Kathryn!

  11. Hello Kathryn:) Lovely photo's! And your painting is so beautiful. It always looks so easy how you make them come to life! You did a great job on the cow. Animals are realy your thing. Wonderful:)