Sunset Ivory by Margaret Stockdale

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Oil painting on canvas.
36 ins x40 ins.

I recently completed this commissioned portrait of Ivory, a lovely black and white heifer calf. Her sire is a purebred hereford so she has some of the rusty colour through her dark coat.
This is the largest painting I have ever done……it took every bit of strength I had to do it, but it was worth it.
I decided to use the bright sunset to add colour to what otherwise could have been a mostly monochromatic painting, I wanted to give this particular work more punch. I also used the diagonal shape of the cloudbank to compliment the diagonal shape of Ivorys’ dark coat across her body. The dark, impressionistic landscape at the bottom was included to balance the dark coat, and to keep the eye within the painting.
I have aimed for a work with a balance of dark and light tones, cool and warm colours, soft and hard edges, varying textures, interesting shapes, and the direct stare of the calf to add emotional impact and to engage the viewer.

Challenge Winner!
Pets Are Us…Favourite Farm Animals…June2010
Art & Photography Group…July 2010

146 views……9th June 2010


  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Daralmost 5 years ago

    very nice

  • Thankyou very much Bobby!!

    – Margaret Stockdale

  • SchwartingSue
    SchwartingSuealmost 5 years ago

    Margaret, this is a beautiful work of art! The detail and colors are wonderful.

  • Thankyou Susan……I am terribly pleased that you like it!!

    – Margaret Stockdale

  • scallyart
    scallyartalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning. It looks like you have included every hair on this animal.

  • Thankyou very much scallyart!

    – Margaret Stockdale

  • Anni Morris
    Anni Morrisalmost 5 years ago

    What a masterpiece you’ve created here :) She is a beautiful animal…and your painting transmits a personality. ~ Anni

  • Thankyou Anni……I try to show that these creatures are all individuals with their own personalities., and deserve to be treated as such. I am pleased you have picked it up in this work.

    – Margaret Stockdale

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadealmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous!! What a lovely coat and face.

  • Thankyou Kay…..she is a pretty girl!

    – Margaret Stockdale

  • jujubean
    jujubeanalmost 5 years ago


  • Thankyou jujubean!

    – Margaret Stockdale

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegatealmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic work

  • Thankyou Barbara!

    – Margaret Stockdale

  • danamh40
    danamh40almost 5 years ago

    I love this painting!! Great job!!

  • Thankyou very much Dana!!

    – Margaret Stockdale

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thankyou Cee!

    – Margaret Stockdale

  • Lyn  Thomsen
    Lyn Thomsenalmost 5 years ago

    A wonderful portrait in oils Margaret, you have captured this heifer’s personality beautifully.,cheers Lyn

  • Thankyou very much Lyn!!

    – Margaret Stockdale

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