I wanted to explore the possibilities of using the photos of the long horn cattle in an enlarged version. Below is the photo I took at my friend’s home in Vermont.
I cropped the original photo into 3 pieces and using an Adobe Photoshop Elements filter I was able to change them into the black & white photos I use to help me draw my subjects. By making them into shapes & values I can easily see what I need to do to create my painting.
Look at each photo and see the interesting dark shapes. When I start my watercolor painting I know where the dark & light patterns are, which make up the animals and I choose a color to make those configurations. I do not have to use the actual colors of the cattle. As the artist I can choose any colors I want as long as I keep the values accurate.
Each photo is then printed onto 8×10 paper. I align them up and clip them onto a large board.
Now I have larger images to rearrange into any configuration of cattle I desire. I might use only the large animal on the left & paint a single portrait. I am intrigued by the composition of the 3 cattle, center to right. I will use those faces as one of the many studies I do of these majestic animals.
Please try using some of your photos and see what interesting compositions you can come up with. Play around with the pictures and find the ones that captivate you make you feel excited to paint it. Get busy and have fun playing with all different combinations of colors.
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