Years have passed since I painted a natural landscape and now having watched a demo by watercolour artist John Bailey at my local art club I was inspired to emulate what he had done by using the same sample photo that John used to create his painting but using my usual medium acrylic paints. It’s a good way to firmly apply the demo to memory!
Having visited Scotland last year I have seen Highland Cattle in fields in their native country, yet my own photos of Highland Cows are taken very near my home in the Cotswolds where they roam free over hundreds of acres of natural land during the summer months.Sometimes they just stand on the road and the traffic have to wait for them to move. I love that these cows are extremely docile and have characterful & steadfast faces.
Nosey Highland Cow and Tonal Variation
A helpful way to review tonal variation in a painting is to take a black and white photo. If you are struggling with a painting and cannot quite figure out how to fix it a quick snapshot can point out problems in this area. My black and white photo here shows a good range of darks through to white. There was just a bit of light shadow to add to the face to finish.