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Och Aye Do Moo!

It's a bank holiday Monday here in the UK so traditionally it will most likely rain! So with a few spare hours and an excuse to stay in...there's no better time to get watercolour painting!

Not a subscriber yet? No worries! This tutorial is free to all members of the website ~ A little Bank holiday freebie, from me to you!

In this new tutorial you can create your own Highland Cow portrait! These are my absolute favourite, when it comes to cows ~ they are such shaggy beasts! If you've seen Studio Dog over on my Instagram feed you will already know that for me, the shaggier the beast ~ the better!

On my first trip to Scotland I stayed for a week with my Scottish pal and spent many an hour trying to get a real life sighting of one of these magnificent beasts ~ part of my Scottish 'Big 5' (of which a Loch, a mountain and a man in a kilt playing the bagpipes also heavily featured). However I returned to Surrey disappointed ~ typically, I encountered a Highland Cow just a week later, quite by accident on a farm only twenty minutes away!

So now, you've got the chance to have your own encounter with a Highland and really get to know these beautiful creatures. At the same time, you'll get the chance to get to grips with your brush and see what it can do.

After adding some pale colour washes wet into wet I will show you how to use the 'direct brush' technique to build up all those lovely locks (the hair kind not the Scottish lake kind!)

To build up the hair, you will use lots of long, directional strokes, thinking about how you can alter the weight of your lines by using more or less pressure as you sweep the brush over the paper. You will also consider the changing direction of each stroke as you mimic the movement of the windswept hair.

Remember ~ you can always adapt my colour suggestions and build up the hair adding a variety of different values and colours to your liking!

To find out more about this tutorial, take a look at this short video.

I think you're going to enjoy this one as this is your chance to create some lovely, lively paintings. I look forward to seeing a herd appear over on the forum!

Happy Painting!

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