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It’s A Tough Life…

May 9, 2011

It's A Tough Life, 5x7, Gouache

I took a lot of photos of cows on the way back from Alabama.  These two were part of a larger group engaged in some heavy R&R under some trees near the highway.  This little study makes use of gouache’s transparent wash capability as well as incorporating more opaque (thicker) brush strokes in places.  Most of the time, I sketch the subject out with a brush, but in this case, I did a quick pencil sketch.  Where I might normally paint over the pencil completely in a more finished painting, there was something kind of fun about leaving the pencil strokes visible here.  I’ve included an enlarged detail below…

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  1. May 9, 2011 1:22 pm

    Love it!!!

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