I’ve been wanting to try an extra large piece for ages but didn’t know until recently (and thanks to Leslie Harrison) that the velour I love using comes in a 40″ sheet. It was a little pricey as it came the whole way from Dakota Pastels to Northern Ireland, but well worth it and arrived well wrapped and quite quickly too!
The full sheet is 28″x40″ and I ordered a selection of colours, white, sandy and grey. This commission was what motivated my search for the giant paper so I really enjoyed this piece. I definitely plan to make good use of the other sheets I bought.
I went to photograph these gorgeous animals at their rural home on the North Coast of Ireland. The backdrop and lighting were just as they were on the day, fresh!
|The finished painting ‘The Belties’ pastel on velour 40″x28″|
|The reference photo I took. I had very little to change about this.
I liked how a couple of cows were cut in half and I just removed the
cow on the bottom right as I thought he didn’t add anything.
|I’ve blocked in the large areas of sky and sea. It’s taken a long time
to get the gradient to smooth out and there’s still a lot of layering
and blending to do.
|Some more of the land just peeping from behind the cows’ backs.|
|I’ve added a bit more movement to the water with small marks of
orange and blue and tried to add a bit of reflection on the water
in front of the island.
|Only working the tops of the cows at the moment as I’ll have to
do more to the grass before I can complete their legs.
|Close up of this second cow finished. The underside of their
noses is green as their wet noses were reflecting all that green
grass. This one was having munch too. I thought that was some
good posing so included it!
|Adding some of those light fleshy orange highlights
which just bring it to life. I put them on quite crudely
and neaten after.
|I feel like I’m being watched now 🙂|
|I like how this cow was looking off while the rest are head on.
They honestly just made this picture by co-operating brilliantly!
I like the shadow shapes on this cow and I roughly block them in
first with the side of the black stick.
|I’ve also started working on the green grass around them.
The bottom right of the picture is almost all in shadow so it will
be about the balance between there and the brightest area we
can just see through the first two cows.
|I’ve worked on the cow on the right as the last
cow is in front. It’s been pretty much the same palette
the whole way across so I’ve had this selection of
colours in front of me the whole time which speeds
|The grass areas have orange purple and yellow dotted through
it along with the lovely greens from Unison. I love their greens!
|A close up section from the painting. I had this painting professionally
photographed as I normally get my work scanned but this was far too big!
Hope you’ve enjoyed the progress. I’m going to get working on another big project again in the near future but have some other fun commissions to work on at the moment. Check back soon for some more paintings in progress and thanks for visiting my blog!