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Portrait of 817

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A portrait of a holstein cow

Portrait of 817. 12x12, oil on linen panel. 2015

This is another painting on a medium texture linen. The surface is hard to photograph - a cellphone picture from the side shows the painting better than a head-on shot.

The cow looks pretty much as she appeared in real life but the setting was too complex to make a good painting so, instead, I used a simple background of viridian, bright red, and cad yellow light. I added some of this color to the figure's mid-tones to help everything relate.