Thursday, August 20, 2015

So ... Long Time No See ... or ... Works in Progress

This was #2. There was too much of the quin. gold - didn't like the overall effect. ONWARD ...

Start of #3.  I used quin. burnt orange instead of the gold. I also used my usual animal palette of quin. violet and indanthrone blue, with some permanent rose and cobalt blue for the tongue.

Started to get some of his local color on.

More black ...

... and still more black ...

I masked out the logo in the background, and did several w/w washes  with orange, violet and dark blue.

Mask was removed, and the logo is there just enough to be noticed but not to overwhelm.

I visited the friend who commissioned the work, and she loved his expression but said he needed more black, so more black it is. I think it's almost there, just a bit of tweaking and probably one more overall w/w application of black. I considered using a dry brush technique, but was afraid that it would give a scratchy look, so all has been done wet-in-wet.

I was coming home from teaching last week, and thankfully had my camera. The girls were out in the field, so I stopped to take some photos. She looks like the epitome of the contented cow here.

Some goslings

Another view

Apologies for being away for a long time. I've been painting, but nothing I really like, and I'm trying to get more sketching done, too. And of course, there's Bruno. We've been doing more trail riding [something he is not accustomed to doing] so I am taking my time. His idea of rebelling is to stop dead and turn to stone, so I have been basically just waiting him out. From the saddle I tell him, "Bruno, I have ALLLL day, but you will miss lunch and snacks and dinner ... " It seems to work :) He LOVES his food! So other than the balking and a minor spook or two, we are doing well.

Thank you so much for dropping by!


  1. This is coming along so beautifully Kathryn! This piece is so life-like and your friend will absolutely love him. I love the sparkle in his eyes! Your cow is really nice and your goslings are looking good... I look forward to seeing them in progress!!! Looks like you're back.... (:

  2. As long as your having a good time,, then its all good!

  3. Great sketching, great painting, I like the simplicity or how succinct your drawings are. Right on the mark as for mposing along sketching this, painting that, riding the trails. Isn't that what summer is all about? Enjoy. Sounds perfect to me.

  4. Sure sounds like Bruno is hard-headed! ha ha Loving the painting and the sketches, especially that contented cow :)

  5. Looking good, lots of work to get it right :)

    yep best way to train an animal, food lol

  6. It all looks great! I love the sketches! And I love Bruno, haha!

  7. All are always great.Fantastic!

  8. As always you show remarkable patience! And of course it's a good thing! The dog looks fabulous and I just love your sketches!

  9. I always love seeing your work, Kathryn and this bunch is very inspirational. Love the contented look on the face of that cow!