Oil on ampersand board
Available at the Laurel Leaf
I have to admit I love the feel of this painting. I had the music cranked up and I was totally lost in the shapes and movement of everything. I loved the photo reference of the calf with his tongue in its nostril. I used to be totally grossed out by this watching cows do this on the farm. Now that I am a mom of two boys, nothing phases me.
I have been studying the Notan way of painting.(Wikipedia) Nōtan (濃淡) is a Japanese design concept involving the play and placement of light and dark as they are placed next to the other in art and imagery. I did not sketch out the dark at light values before I painted this, but I am going to start working more with the placement of these areas in a painting.
Hope to share more as I study the Notan way.