Highland Cow in Watercolour

When I visited some family in Scotland a few years ago, I found out that my cousin has a special fondness for Highland cows! I mean – you can’t really help but love how they look! With their shaggy hair-do’s and sweet faces, not to mention their gorgeous colour. I’ve been wanting to paint one, and stumble across a YouTube video on the weekend. You can see it HERE, done by the fabulous Kaz Bell of KB Arts. I thought I recognized the style, and found out that she also has a tutorial (and a free one!) at The Fine Art Café Academy! Talk about a small world! Anyway, here’s my Highland Cow in watercolour.


Kaz Bell had done her cow entirely in Brusho, but I didn’t have the colours I needed all in Brusho. So, I used some of my Daniel Smith paints, plus Brusho, and improvised some of the colours. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! What do you think?

Highland Cow in Watercolour


The Daniel Smith colours are Payne’s Gray, Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber. For Brusho, I use Sandstone and Purple.  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. Arches cold press 140 lb. paper is the used, a full piece 9″ x 12″, so that it can be matted to 8 1/2″ x 11″.

I’m going to paint this lovely Highland cow again, at least two more times! I really want to try it in alcohol inks, as well as again in watercolour, with different colours. Maybe something a bit more colourful; adding blues with the purple.


I hope that you’ll take a look at Kaz Bell’s tutorials; I’ve now ‘subscribed’ to her YouTube channel! It’s under KB Arts – just click the link I added above.  Also, if you want to try any of the free tutorials on The Fine Art Café Academy, all you  have to do is create a free account. Then, you can access the free tutorial videos, and sign up for any online tutorials. Trust me – they are worth the small investment!

Here’s another look at my Highland cow in watercolour – just because I think he’s adorable! (I wish my hair could be that messy, but still look great!)

Highland Cow in Watercolour


Try some watercolour painting yourself! Whether you try the Highland cow in watercolour, or any other subject, have fun. Kaz Bell has a free Brusho tutorial of a seahorse on The Fine Art Café Academy that I’m definitely going to do!

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6 thoughts on “Highland Cow in Watercolour

  1. Well, I’ve loved all your paintings Debra, they’ve all been wonderful, but this one is super special. Not only can you relate to the Highland Cow and it’s nuances but you’ve brought this one alive on your canvas. Well done!

    1. You’re so kind, Penny! Thanks so much 🙂 I did really enjoy painting this highland cow; I’m glad that you like it!

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