Monday, 23 May 2011

Highland Red

Pastel on Pastel Card, 19 x 24.75 inches

Highland Cattle are such benign looking animals, but you need to steer clear of those horns - they're made of cow-horn you know. In the words of Jonesey "They don't like it up'em Captain Mainwearing, they don't like it up'em !"

I had some fun with what we artists call counterchange (sounding clever again), ie dark passages against light passages and vice versa.  This is a trick employed to make the painting appear less flat, more three dimensional and generally more interesting. If you'd like to send a large cheque to me for divulging these secrets, please feel free - I won't be the least bit embarrassed.

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