|Black Angus Calf - gouache|
Backgrounds are the bane of artists and one fellow artist said she switched to painting landscapes just to avoid them! I don't think I'm quite ready to do that but backgrounds certainly are a PITA!
3/25/14 Hi all! I've come back a day later to say that I added some darker color to the corners which made the background pop more. While I did like the blue background, I thought it was too bright and intense and overshadowed the calf. This gold background makes the painting look a bit flat in this photo but looks much better in real life. It complements the blue in the calf (which also doesn't show well here) and I think the painting is improved.