I’ve been painting a lot of cows lately – some realistic portraits but mostly silly cows with vivid colors and crazy names. Tutti-Frutti, bubble-gum, neapolitan, purple haze, etc.
If you think those names sound like ice cream flavors, you’d be right! Baskin Robbins started with 31 flavors in 1945 but have since created over 1000 different ice cream combinations. I figure that gives me a lot of material to work with!
I’m enjoying the fun color combinations the ice cream flavors inspire but I was not happy with a few of the cows. I left the paintings alone for a few days to give it some thought and last night it came to me. I need to pay the same attention to the cows’ eyes that I pay to any other creature I paint. My motto – “If the eyes come to life, the rest is easy!”
Back to drawing board with “Neapolitan”. Here’s what it looked like before the change:
With a little more attention to the eyes, I was able to give the three cows a much better expression!