Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Julie's Cow - longhorn cow painted on bone
Julie Pack raised this cow from a calf and took her to shows when she was in High School. She won some pretty significant awards with her (Breed Champion) as well as scholarship money. The cow had a bunch of calves for her too, and when she died Julie managed to salvaged some of her bones - including this scapula. Some of you might think that is pretty icky, but Julie is on her way to becoming a veterinarian and like most people with interests bending that way, bones are a source of fascination and wonder - not things to viewed with dread and disgust.
Anyway, Julie came up with the idea of having the cow's image painted on the cow's actual shoulder blade, and since I always like a challenge and new "canvases" I agreed to the task.
I painted the image area with gesso first as a primer and then painted using traditional oils. To protect it I will spray the entire bone with a matte finish varnish when it dries. And the whole thing stands horizontal on its own due to the shape of the bone.
A pretty novel idea, don't you think?
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I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.