View Full Version : Cows in the Field

09-12-2014, 04:58 PM
I've been away for a few weeks, but I'm back and am really excited about this piece I just finished. I've been working on it all week and have been sitting on the reference photo for quite a while now. I'm going to let it sit for a day or two and then look back to make sure I don't see any changes before I spray it. Any C&C would be appreciated.
It's a 9x12 done primarily with a small fiberglass brush.
Reference photo by user impshlady in the RIL.

Harry Seymour
09-12-2014, 05:25 PM
Great piece Melissa.

09-12-2014, 05:50 PM
Too fun... seriously aMoosing!

Snow Dance
09-12-2014, 06:23 PM


09-12-2014, 07:17 PM
This is awesome! I love the composition and being from South Dakota, the subject as well (not to mention your technique). Very cool! :clap:

09-12-2014, 10:40 PM
Melissa, this is so charming! Absolutely wonderful! They are so curious and kind-looking. You did an excellent job with this!

09-13-2014, 06:36 AM
This is a great piece. :clap:

09-13-2014, 05:23 PM
Thank you so much Harry, Becky, Ginger, Krissy, Jenna, and Judy!!
It was so fun to work on after a short hiatus!

09-13-2014, 11:01 PM
Great piece, but what did you do to tick them off? They look like you are eating a hamburger.

09-14-2014, 04:26 PM
LOVE this herd! Such wonderful expressions and excellent scratching. Well done :thumbsup:

One small critique - the cow head below the cow on the right seems out of place and just floating there.

09-14-2014, 06:12 PM
No wonder you are excited about it, it's fantastic

09-15-2014, 08:08 AM
Thank you Dusty! Haha they do look like they're coming for something, don't they!
Thank you Ann! I'll take a closer look and see if I can't ground that one a bit more!
Thank you Jenny!

09-15-2014, 11:40 AM
Great subject and tool work.

09-16-2014, 08:42 PM
And well you should be excited. It's a really well done piece. A great comp with so many cows all doing the cow thing of curiously staring at the viewer.

Sara Paxton
09-16-2014, 08:46 PM
I love painting animals as you do drawing them. You seem to have a lot more of a realistic style, I tend to sway towards a more abstract style.

Non the less your artwork is stunning and it must have taken a very long time to perfect, so well done! :)

09-16-2014, 11:40 PM
Beautiful work on the cows. Great perspective.

I'm with Ann on the confusing cow head under/between the legs of the cow on the right. I would also suggest softening the dark line of what I think is the horizon line.

09-18-2014, 05:18 AM
Firstly, I agree about softening the horizon. However, I disagree (a rare instance that I'd disagree with both Lorna AND Ann :lol: ) about the head on the lower right. I love that bit. Wow! Probably because it's a bit strange it makes it comical and this is almost a comical piece with their looking straight down at a low angled viewer.
One of the coolest pieces I've seen for a long time.

09-18-2014, 03:35 PM
Thank you Rodman!
Thank you TJ!
Thank you so much Sara!
Thank you Lorna, I'll take a look at the horizon line as well!
Thank you, wow, thank you Patrick!

09-19-2014, 01:00 AM
Really, really strong work. Well done!

09-23-2014, 08:01 PM
Looking at this, I feel like I'm lying in the grass in this field and these cows are all looking at me and they're saying "WTF???????"

09-24-2014, 12:28 PM
I love this!


09-24-2014, 12:40 PM
Excellent piece! Really nicely done.

09-24-2014, 08:32 PM
Thank you Kathy!
Thank you Tina!
Thank you Sean!
Thank you Shalese!

10-02-2014, 09:02 PM
Love this! Well done.