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Old 12-03-2017, 01:46 PM
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Cows/landscape, C&C requested

I painted this for a friend who wanted something in muted colors. She also requested cows. Who knew cows could so resemble goats!! I don't quite like it but don't know why.

I'm open to any suggestions. Thanks!

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Old 12-03-2017, 02:25 PM
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Re: Cows/landscape, C&C requested

I like the landscape a lot, especially the sky and the way it meets the far mountain. I also think the near brown cow is quite good.

Not so sure about that white cow, though. Don't forget that groups of things can be arranged to guide the eye around the picture. Triangular relationships are very strong in that way.
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Old 12-03-2017, 03:08 PM
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Re: Cows/landscape, C&C requested

If you can soften the distant horizon line with soft blued tones it will help push it back. Notice the straight line at right side base of mountain vs the left side where it seems to flow and blend in....
I don't know if you plan to do more layers in the grassy area, but the thin spots where canvas shows though would bother me..
Are the brown things mid ground cows also?
If cows use some white so they don't look like stumps..

Looks like the mountain has a soft light direction from the right side, and maybe follow thru with soft highlights on animals and soft shadows.

Rocks, sky and the variegations in the grassland look very nice..
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Old 12-03-2017, 03:54 PM
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Re: Cows/landscape, C&C requested

Thanks! Yes, the cows.....argh!!!! I already tried to do some corrections and managed to mess the whole field up, cows and all. I'm going to start over from the mountain base on down (blending it in better). I like the sky and mountains.
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Re: Cows/landscape, C&C requested

I like all of it but the cows in the foreground. For the cow(s) in the foreground, I would change reference pics to ones where the cow(s)are not grazing, so that their faces can be more clear.
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Re: Cows/landscape, C&C requested

Lovely work on the landscape. Wheat a great soft northern light.
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Old 12-04-2017, 02:06 PM
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Re: Cows/landscape, C&C requested

Thanks everyone! I'm trying to redo this but keep the sky and mountains. I painted another bad looking barn last night. I think I'll take a break and start fresh in a few days.
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Re: Cows/landscape, C&C requested

You have a great start here and good tips given. Cow bodies are too plump or rounded for cattle. They are essentially rectangles with a boxy head and legs. The scenery works well!
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Re: Cows/landscape, C&C requested

Maybe make the white cow brown as well - a bit different shade. I think a completely white cow is not so common!

I also like your sky, distant mountain and muted colors are attractive.
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Old 12-04-2017, 06:19 PM
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Re: Cows/landscape, C&C requested

Thanks, Nancy!

I've put this aside indefinitely, but I appreciate very much all the feedback from you all.
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Who knew cows could so resemble goats!! I don't quite like it but don't know why.

I think you ran into the problem that "the cow" is actually a complex animal form. Possibly every bit as difficult as a human figure study. You happened to come with a "quite cow recognizable" pose for the brown cow, but the white cow... becomes nondescript. Many of the real world cows I have the strongest memory of, have quite a number of bony bits protruding from their bodies. And interesting head and ear shapes. A lot more time spent on the actual forms of cows, would probably allow you to choose "cow at a distance" poses that are more recognizable and interesting. As it stands, you chose "white cow eating grass" and found out it ain't so easy to make that into an archetypically recognizable cow as you supposed.

Alternately, if you treated the cows as a more abstract portion of the landscape, then viewing more cows at a greater distance, and some interest to the groupings of "cow blobs", would be appropriate. Cow clusters might be driven by abstract aesthetic concerns on the canvas, or real world cow grouping phenomena.

Pretty sure "sketching in the field" would sort out all your problems rapidly.
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