Thursday, 27 September 2012

This cow needs a home...

Cowmodity - Acrylic on wrapped canvas 50x50cm

I finally finished the cow painting, ‘Cowmodity’.

Here is some interesting/useless (delete as appropriate) information about it and other news in my life this week:-

  • I spent 20 something hours on it in total although that was spaced out over about 3 months.  
  • It’s the longest I've spent on a piece so far.

  • It’s also the largest piece I've worked on yet (50x50cm)




  • The canvas started life as a print of a flower that S rescued from being dumped by someone else and I 'up-cycled' it by painting over it!

  • It’s my favourite piece so far. Ever. So much so that it breaks my heart a little to sell it as I'd really quite like to hang it in our kitchen.  Still, there's no point making art just to keep it for myself instead of sharing it with the world (whether the world wants it or not!)So, it's for sale in my 'stuff for sale' section in the sidebar should anyone take a shine to it. **Update - it sold! Remember my sister bought the pig painting here? Well, she contacted me as soon as she saw this last night and bought it as well! She'll have the whole farm on her wall soon!**

  • I’m also going to upload it to Fine Art America though so should anyone fancy a print of it then they can nip over there for one or alternatively now that S bought a super duper new printer that I don’t have to fight with to print on watercolour/thick card I can also print off both A4 and A3 size prints of it should any UK-based folk fancy a print of a wee Irish cow up on their walls! 
  • The colours in the first photo are much stronger than in the actual canvas - the blue isn't really quite so blue - its more like the other photos but went like that when S ran it through perfectly clear on Photoshop (S took the first one on his camera and I took the rest hence they're not as clear as his!)




  • I submitted my first ever tax return as a self-employed artist (I won't be giving up the day job any time soon!)
  • I still can't show you the commissioned piece I did for People Per Hour but I'll give you a clue - check back around the big spooky celebration at the end of October!

Cowmodity taken on my camera - the colours are more muted than the first pic which was taken by S on his camera
That’s all for this week (pretty short for me, huh?) See you over at Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by the lovely Kristin and Eva.

44 comments:

  1. I love your cow. I also like that you painted it around the edges of the canvas. I was opposed to that, but S's photographs shook my opinion. The eye walks into the painting from the side. Very interesting. I like the dimensional quality that adds. I believe it took you that long to paint this; you can't paint dots very long without exhausting making yourself dizzy. You do know that Seurat was driven crazy by his pointillism?
    The painting looks like you survived and triumphed. Your cow is quite an excellent fete. You should be proud.

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    1. thank you so much! I did not know that about Seurat but I can totally believe it!!

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  2. I absolutely love it. Those eyes, and the nose - just fabulous...

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  3. Love your cow, and well done on selling her! Valerie

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  4. Well Nicola - I do believe that this is also my favourite one - EVER!
    I took a real shine to the pig, but this one is even more amazing!!! I zoomed right in and the detail is wonderful! The shadows of the eyelashes on her shiny eyes right down to the droplets of saliva on the fine hairs of her chin... Honestly, I think you should do an entire series of cows and other animals like this and take them to a gallery! They are so unique - they surely couldn't reject them! It was SO worth while you spending the time and I hope the result has inspired you to do more.
    I can't say enough good things about this one! It's MOOvelous!!!! :0)

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    1. Thank you so much Sandra. I did intend to keep all the animal ones to try my luck at a gallery but I keep selling them (which isn't a bad complaint to have!)I'm planning on a peacock one next as they're all based on photos that S has taken and he took a great one of a peacock a while back! It has inspired me actually so watch this space!

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  5. This by far is my favorite piece as well. The expression in the eyes, the colors surrounding the cow, the detail, everything...a beautiful work of art, my friend. You keep getting better but then again everything you do is top notch, so I don't get it. You have a wonderful gift and I thank you for sharing it with us.

    Btw, I would LOVE to start the blogger portraits with you. Let me know when and I'll put the word up on my blog. It will a lot of fun...and yes, I'll do YOURS!

    Happy Weekend! :)

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  6. Hello and thank you for your visit to my blog. I do paint on every mug and then I burn them.. (hope you understand) so all of them are a piece of art. It is fun to make and they only get better and better.
    I love your art, don´t know how you can make these cows with dots. I do have a painting at home made by an artist in Nigeria, all made with dots, I often look at it and think how can he do it.. all the shadows and the faces. Have a beautiful day.

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  7. oh my, i am falling in love with a cow! lol! awesome! and to think this whole beauty is made up of dots! hats off to you!
    thank you for visiting my blog. yes, i love ireland, although i have been there only once, to visit the in-laws. it's very far from where i am now but i hope to visit again someday. probably make it a painting holiday...
    melinda alpha #35

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  8. I love your cow.... she is beautiful. I love her little whiskery nose!!!

    I am so glad you didn't go mad!!!

    Karen

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  9. Wow, who could think a cow would look so gentle, real and pretty - I do like your work and it was lovely to visit you through PPF today.

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  10. Loving your beautifully painted cow and huge congratulations on your sale, its smashing to know its gone to a good home and you can visit it whenever you like. Enjoy the weekend, happy PPF, Annette x

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  11. That cow looks wonderful! Love the touch of blue in it, and the eyes are amazing, they draw me in. Congrats on your sale, and so good that your sister bought it. That way you'll still be able to see it and don't have to say goodbye forever. ♥ denthe

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  12. Love the cow, and its touch of blue. Glad you didn't go crazy with all the dots, perhaps it was just as well it took a while to do!

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  13. Your Cowmodity painting is AH-MAZING!!!
    Love how you photographed this from different perspectives for this post!!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  14. You are so right to love this and be so proud of it. It's absolutely magnificent. Your gift for capturing the soul of a creature is amazing.

    It's a lot easier to part with artwork now that we can keep scans and prints for ourselves, but at least you get to see this in person every time you visit your sister!

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  15. not a surprise that this sold immediately! WOW!

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  16. She turned out marvelously! Your Sis is one lucky gal to have this lovely piece on her wall. the good news is that you can visit her in her new home. Can't wait to see the next one. Happy PPF

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  17. WOW.. That turned out fabulous. well consolation is that its staying in the family. :))Congrats on selling it. HPPF

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  18. Congrats on the quick sale, hope you do well with prints also! It is a great piece!

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  19. Nicola, I love your cow! The blue and violet highlights are divine...and that NOSE! Amazing. The juxtaposition of pointillism with a bit of realism is perfect.

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  20. oh this is super amazing work!!!! wow wow and wow!!! I think this is one of my all time favorites!!!! well done!!!

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  21. Oh my gosh!!! Wow. She is stunning. I don't even have words for how stunning. The only word that ran through my head was Wow. The nose...wow. Everything...wow! Over and over. Great work. Lucky sister!! :)

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  22. I wrote a long reply ... and exit..ted your page before sending ...prat!

    I said ...

    You are speaking my language, Nicola! Nobody can accuse you of not being Arty because you can wear a business hat at the same time - it's a rare quality I'm finding. 'Cowmodity' (Cowmooodity) is brilliant! I understand the amount of work that goes into it all those hours ... and it is a massive piece of work. I'm sometimes a bit reluctant to tell people how long a drawing took ... in fact 'Cloisters' took weeks, but don't tell!

    I think you'll sell a few prints of this little lady, Nicola ... Limited Edition?

    Here's to GREAT dottying and Great Business ...! PS If you know much about packaging, please leave a comment on my packaging request post!

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  23. I totally understand why this is your favourite... it is really special... and I loved all the random bits about it... I think it will be a very popular print...xx

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  24. Hi Nicola. I love your cow, so awesome and a lot of work went into it. I'll see over at FAA to when you upload it. Yes I am from California, born and raised in the good ole USA. Never lived in Mexico before and really haven't travelled there. The reason I do Dia de Los Muertos is to celebrate the family that has left this world and that includes my son. We celebrate to show that the spirit will always be kept alive and in a sense it's a day for my familys spirits to visit us.:)

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  25. fantastic. i can see all the time that went into it in the amazing details. i keep coming back to it to admire some more!

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  26. this is stunning!! As an animal lover I can see the compassion and heART you put into this piece. Thank you for sharing on PPF!

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  27. That cow was worth 20 hours! What a fabulous painting. The colors are just inspired. Your sister will love having it hang on her wall.

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  28. Love cows! And together with the pig painting your sister has a great combo of farm animals on her wall. Happy PPF!

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  29. Cow looks fantastic! You already know I'm a fan of your art. :)

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  30. Holy Cow! (I couldn't resist ;) ) This is just amazing - I can't imagine how hard it was to sell it after spending all that time on it. I love it (If your sister hadn't snapped it up I would have been tempted!) x

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  31. Moooo from London, wonderful cow, wonderful accomplishment, am going to check out Fine Art America right now, and congrats on your first tax return (bet you never thought you#d be congratulated for paying tax tee hee.)

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  32. Clicked on your email with no results- would love to have a chat with you- would you email me- [email protected]

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  33. Holy Cow is right...this is soooo amazing..but all your work is!! Yeah I am so glad your dear sister will have it at her place...at least you'll get to see it right? I hope so...that's the best! Plus it stays in the family!! She knows good work...smart lady!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  34. Magnificent cow ~ Wow! ~ am sure you will sell many prints ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  35. I love your cow. How wonderful that it's staying in the family. Happy PPF!

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  36. Oh your cowmodity is so very 'ah'dorable...love every bit of this :)

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  37. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your COWmodity! I have been waiting for her to appear with those adorable eyes:-) And that wet nose - oh man, you are a genius. SO well executed.

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  38. I love your Cow! And congratulations on the sale. This is a beautiful painting. How exciting that you're working larger too. (now I have to look up what 50 x 50 cm is in inches.)

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  39. That cow is welcome in my home. I'll welcome it with open arms. Its truly astonishing piece of art.
    Eagan Fitness Center

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  40. Beautiful cow! It looks absolutely wonderful,with all those textures and colors that you created the cow with!

    Duaa

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