This painting focuses on a late afternoon scene in which the light is rich in warm colors. The sky is dramatic with clouds reflecting the glow of a setting sun. The key elements in the scene are the mother cow and her new calf. The scene illustrates the peace and quiet nature that I really like to capture in my work. Colors are luminous to depict the suns dwindling light at days end. Below are a few steps in the development.
Very early stage sketched in placement of the dominant elements and added raw umber color to the foreground.
I created a small study as you can see here prior to beginning the larger painting you see in the background. The size proportions are different because after I completed the study I thought I needed a more panoramic scale to convey a more dramatic sky.
The first layering of background colors are painted in loosely. The cows are added in as well to begin getting a sense of scale.