Painting Cows in Meadow (sold)

Painting White Cow in Meadow.

This white one was just waiting to get painted. Slight overcast day, yet the white of the cow is always bright(est). Below the pics of the scene and palette used. The real interesting part about painting this one was painting the difference between the short meadow grass and the long grass by the water. There’s an abundance in greens and one can easily be ‘lured into failure’ painting these two areas separate. Here it’s woven into each other, where the separation is made between the (reflected light in the) water and the land.

Keep a harmonious looseness in your painting:  Where 2 areas ‘meet’: weave the paint into each other, instead of using ‘clear borders’, clear endings or clear lines which can break up the one-ness in ‘the looseness’. :)


LSP13-2016 Landscape Pleinair Painting
“White Cow in Meadow”

oil on canvas, 24×30 cm | 9.6″ x 11.8″ 2016

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Comments 8

  • Peggy BaucomAugust 8, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    I liked your comment about weaving the paint to soften lines. I try to paint loose and my style seems to stay the same. Thanks!

  • SherrieAugust 8, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    It looks like you also kept those areas separate but woven together, by using a similar green where they meet, but showing they are different by using vertical brush stokes for the tall grassy plants by the water, and horizontal strokes for the field?

    • RoseAugust 9, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Sherrie,
      yes I often paint in the direction of either perspective or light or shape. Like many painters do of course. I’m not creating a mosaic :) so the loosness is definately not the top goal in my painting in general. It’s just a side effect. I mention this weaving also in a few seascapes. For example where the water meets the beach. It’s important to at least be aware in how you connect areas that seem seperate yet often intermix. This can be done in a zillion ways. And every painter can take his/her own unique approach in this! This example is just a note to benefit painters, making them more aware of choices. Thanks!

  • LizAugust 8, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Very interesting I just love the looseness of your paintings.

  • viv gryffyddAugust 9, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Thanks Roos for this information. I love cows … and this spring and summer here in Tasmania I intend to commit to painting them. I absolutely love your paintings … no matter the subject. Take care, VIV

  • Jules MaplesAugust 9, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    You are amazing and your blog and content is equally amazing! I cannot wait to take one of your on-line courses! I am standing by for an opening!

  • José StevensAugust 9, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Hallo Roos,
    These cowpaintings are again very, very beautiful!!
    Thank you .

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