Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Something Playful

Starting Point

Since I recently took a two day oil pastel workshop, I have done a total of four oil pastels, one just a tiny study. I've decided to share the latest. This is a little jersey calf that my local dairy farmer/organic food stand owner will be sharing with visitors for the next couple of weeks. (If you are ever in the North County of San Diego, specifically Ramona, stop by her stand on Dye Road. She makes scrumptious kumquat marmalade.)


This little calf is amiable and playful while seemingly just slightly resentful in her tolerance of so many obstructions to her freedom. I'm not entirely sure of the reasoning behind the bunny ears. :D (Though I'm sure the kids that come by enjoy the novelty of the second set of ears.)


I did this portrait of the calf, Tina, because I was interested in the expression on her face. I had never seen subtle expressions on a cow's face before, perhaps I just never got close enough. ;) I'm enjoying the immediacy of working with oil pastel, and I'm looking forward to experimenting with oil pastel mixed with oil paints. So far, I think I'm getting a nice sense of movement with this medium.

Thanks for your interest. Leave comments if you wish. :)


  1. So you are taking to painting with oil pastels fast! Good job! I really like the color pallet, and the effect of muted colors in the piece. And you should really consider pet portraiture as a career! :D

    P.S. Bunny ears make it all the more adorable ;)

  2. Thank you. :) I think I'm pleased with the muted colors as well, they give it a nice depth I've been working on.

    No! Bunny ears are too silly. ;) There is only so much a creature can put up with. ;)


Thanks for your interest in my art. I'm very curious to hear your thoughts. Cheers!

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