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So it took me awhile until I found my voice

I think the problem was that my models for these two, though different cattle were both a dingy gray solid with no flashy color. Well … that wouldn’t do. So I started adding some flash but still working fairly realistic in color and wasn’t really connecting. The more I worked the more color I kept pumping into it until finally it all kinda clicked.  Neither of these two are done BTW, Lots more to bring them to life but at least I am enthused about them now.

Here’s the panoramic of their placement on the whole.

It measures (working size) 20×40 inches and is mixed media on suede (cuz’ that seems to be my thing now.) The weird wrinkles are because this piece has a film over it. For more info as to why, you can read this post on my artistic process.

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Pretty In Pink (working title) watercolor pencil on suede approximately 10 x 16 inches

Pretty In Pink (working title)
watercolor pencil on suede
approximately 10 x 16 inches

So because we had yet another blustery, blizzardery ridiculously cold weekend I stayed at the farm and only sojourned out feed and water critters and check the pipes at the gallery. Happily it all went smoothly. But because my Longhorn painting is too large and too delicate to take out into that kind of weather, I opted to start a smaller piece at home. After all I didn’t want to waste a whole stuck inside weekend and not be creating.

And so this is what I did.

I Think I’ve Been Watching Too Much Project Runway

There’s lots of reason why I’m attracted to creating a particular image. For this piece it was the color story.

Uhm … not sure that the color story has ever been a reason for me before. But flamingos were calling my name and all I had were images from like a decade ago to work with. And as I was flipping through my photos I came across one of a large flock, where the light hit the water and I thought I could make something of it.

I would push the colors and challenge myself. Trying to paint water all by itself presents an incredible challenge. I want it to glow have depth and reflect off my birds.

This piece is going to be packed with blues, greens, golds and of course pinks, purples and reds.

So here’s hoping I can squeeze all that into one image creating a believable and yet vibrantly artful piece.

BTW 

I will get back to the longhorns too. I have begun them though ever so barely. This piece is small enough that I am hoping I’ll get it done in the next 48 hours or so.

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