It seems commissions are taking a bit of center stage in the studio lately. Having painted five in the last few months of 2011, this year starts out with two already on the books. Unfortunately, I can't really post photos of these because both are gifts for the buyers wives, and I would not want to risk giving it away, but they will both make great stories once the 'coast is clear' to share them, which won't be until the end of this year.
In between I've got a few new studio pieces, this is a new 7"x7" study I did of a Hereford.
I've painted this same calf before with a different view. The eyelashes 'have it' and from the study I decided to follow through with a larger piece, and thus the more detailed 18"x18" shown below.
This Hereford Calf painting "Eyelashes" is 18"x18". This furry Hereford calf was photographed out in Jamul, California, where a group of mixed cows roam a spacious hillside property. I was fortunate enough to have them roam past me, and this one posed for several great reference shots. It was indeed my pleasure to look into these eyes in person.
One more new painting is this study for a Black Angus cow portrait.
8"x8" I am drawn to this very 'pretty' face.