Monday, October 25, 2010

Murray Grey: Complete


Murray Grey: Oil on canvas - 48 x 60

One of the many benefits of being married to an artist, is having someone in the house who can help you decide when a painting is finished. I've been working on this painting for a number of weeks now, had completed the third full pass, and was contemplating a fourth when Karen convinced me that the painting was done. It's hard to really see something that's so close, and after she worked on me for a while, I finally came to the realization that she was right, and I hung it on the wall to dry.


Murray Grey: Detail

When it has dried I'll be delivering it to Mason Murer Fine Art along with a another recent cow painting by Karen. It was a real challenge for me to work this large, but I think it helped get me past a self imposed size limit I'd adhered to for a long time. Now that I've done it, I don't think it will be so daunting to attempt another in the future. I was thinking of doing a painting of one of the aircraft I photographed at a recent airshow in a larger format. That could be very cool.


15 comments:

Beth West www.northernskyart.wordpress.com said...

Very wonderful. He looks so real like he's sizing you up.

Belinda Del Pesco said...

She is awe-inspiringly beautiful. I can just imagine the impact she has in person when you walk in the room. Just perfect. You are such an inspiration.

Terry Miura said...

Wow!~ is all I gotta say!

Nina said...

Beautiful rendition! Makes me want to own or at least paint one! Thank you for posting this!

Steve sculpts critters said...

Wow!
Big is the new big!
Love it.

T.Ford said...

Awesome! Love that negative space...really, really good composition!

Don Gray said...

It's beautiful, Neil. I think Karen was right.

James Neil Hollingsworth said...

I appreciate all the terrific, and positive comments about the cow. I wasn't sure where I was going with this, and it's great to read that it worked. Thanks, Neil

Bonnie Heather said...

Amazing painting.

Paul Coventry-Brown said...

Sublime Neil! beautiful colours, so subtle and quite haunting.
The thought of starting a painting this big would give me nightmares ;-)
Yes, the big question ... when is a painting finished! Pass!
An inspiration as always mate :-)

Paul

Dean H. said...

Positively wonderful, Neil! It definitely worked!
I like how you kept everything low key, then use restricted lights. This accentuates the side of the muzzle(?) as a focal area.

Fay Akers said...

I like how he looks like he just walked right in to the painting from the left. Wonderful job you did.

Chris De Dier said...

Striking painting.
A good way of judging if a painting is finished or not is to put it out of sight for a few weeks. Then, when you see it again with a cleared and weaned mind, you can decide better if it needs more work or not.

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