Highland Cow and Calf

I couldn’t resist another painting with my Brusho! This time I found an adorable photo on Unsplash, of a Highland cow and her calf. (In case you don’t already know, Unsplash is a website of royalty free photos, for use by anyone. There’s no copyright, so you can use them for whatever you like; it’s a great place for reference photos for painting).


This time I stayed with ‘traditional’ colours for my painting. But I’m really tempted to go back and add some purple, or maybe a magenta, to their ‘dossan’ – the fringe between their eyes.  What do you think?

Highland Cow and Calf



As with my other painting of a single Highland cow in THIS POST, I painted using a combination of Brusho Crystal Colours and Daniel Smith watercolour paints.  This painting is on a piece of 8″ x 10″ Arches cold press paper.  The Daniel Smith colours are Payne’s Gray, Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber. For Brusho, I use Sandstone , Gray and Dark Brown.  I also mixed some colours; combining Burnt Sienna with Sandstone, and Raw Umber with Sandstone, and a tiny bit of Black Brusho with Payne’s Gray.  For the noses, used a tiny bit of very watered down Quinacridone Rose.

Highland Cow and Calf


What do you think of the shaggy Highland cows?  I think they look so cute, and research says that they’re very docile and friendly, too.

If you’d like to paint your own Highland cow and calf (unless you have the property to own your own!), I’ve listed supplies below.

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

4 thoughts on “Highland Cow and Calf

  1. II love this, Deborah! Besides apples, my family raised polled Hereford cattle (meaning no horns), so I have always had a soft spot for cattle. They’re like overgrown dogs (at least, the nice ones are!).You are seriously “wow”ing me with your talent!

    1. Most people are quite surprised at how friendly (and cute) cattle can be! I’m glad that you like my recent paintings, Buffy! Thank you 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jackie! I’m glad that you like my Highland cow and calf 🙂 I hope that you’ll check out the free tutorials – I’d love to see your paintings!

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