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There’ll be no Sunday Sneak Peek as I’ll be out of the gallery Sunday & Monday but I found this start to finish of Freckles rolling around in my draft folder so here she is


Freckles – Longhorn Cow Painting
18 1/2 x 19 1/4 inches
Water soluble mixed media on suede board.
Prints are available here at Wild Faces Gallery website



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Working Title: Freckles
Mixed Media: Water soluble ink, pencils, wax pastels
Approximately 19×20 inches

So many ideas … so little time.
I really have a hankerin’ to do some bird art. Pelicans, crows and owls. But since I had this cow all drawn out and laying on my drafting tableĀ for months … and since I really wanted to throw some color down, I began her.

I am half way through a drawing of Pelicans and now of course since it’s October and my yard is full of crows cleaning up the walnuts I may finally get around to trying my hand at them as well. So many ideas … so little time.

But for now I am having fun with the latest of the Moo Crew (aka The Cowgirl Collection, aka The Happy Heifers) She’s a long way from being done but you get the idea. Unlike my last heifer “Hattie” who I’m not sure ever even made it to the blog. I have been taking in progress shots of this one so there will be a start to finish post on this painting.

While slinging color on this piece I am also toying with Christmas card designs for this year’s card. (Because you know I am a multitask master) I have a deer that I sketched out last year that I’d love to try.

But it seems to me …. since I need (want)to have 12 more cows for next years exhibition … well it seems like a cow card may be in order. Moo-ey Christmas and all that.


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This is the tracing stage of this as yet untitled Longhorn panoramic. It currently measures 20×40 inches

I love doing these panoramics. I think because there are no rules. I allow myself to just do whatever the heck I want to without getting too hung up on reality. So I am kinda jazzed to be doing another one. These “pan” pieces may just become a regular thing with me. The only downside (if there is one) is they are process heavy. In fact I can actually spend more time working the steps than actually coloring the artwork.

A Basic Rundown Of The Creation Of My Panoramic Critter Jumbles

I apply a masking film whenever I want to leave the open negative spaces as the substrate color. Without covering it, it’d be a real muddy mess. If I was applying a background I still might cover it, depending on what colors I planned working with.

  • It begins with pulling photos from my personal reference library. Dozens upon dozens of photos. I select my favorites and begin drawing.
  • I usually draw at least 30% more animals than I use. I start with the same sized papers and draw out my favorite angles and shapes. I then cut them out like paper dolls and lay them over each other in a myriad of way until I get a composition that I like. I then tape them to a board that is the size I want the painting to be.
  • I tape tracing paper over my paper doll panoramic (see above photo) and trace all of the animals. I do this step because the substrate I’m using doesn’t allow for erasing do the drawing must be done elsewhere.
  • I then tape the tracing paper to my actual substrate in this case suede board. and once again trace over all the lines pushing firmly so an indentation is created in the suede.
  • Then, remove tracing paper and lightly draw over all the indentations so I can actually see them.
  • Cover the entire surface with masking film. I looked at professional stuffs which were pricey and tried using a cheap book covering vinyl with works quite well.
  • Lastly cut out the area I wish to work on. In this case one cow at a time. I must start on the left and work right so I don’t track color. I’m not a fan of working from left to right but it really is the only option as I am quite a messy artist. Heck if I was neat I wouldn’t have to do all this in the first place.

If you’d like a more picture filled version of this process I have a squidoo page tutorial on how I work with watercolor pencils on suede.

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