Cows in a paddock at Yarra Glen

A photorealist painting of a rural Australian landscape

Photorealist painting - Cows in a Paddock at Yarra Glen
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This is one of the small paintings I painted in 2009. It’s of a rural scene down the road from my home at the time.

  • I painted a few scenes of Yarra Glen in 2009. They were all quite small.
  • The small delicate details were somewhat tricky to paint.


Dimensions: 20x27cm.
Painted: 2009.
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board.

It is sold framed behind glass.
Availability: For sale $250.

The story behind Cows in a Paddock at Yarra Glen

Yarra Glen is a small town of the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. This was the first in a series of small paintings of Yarra Glen; this scene was just down the road from my home I would walk past this paddock of cows daily.

The day the source photo for this painting was taken was towards the end of a long drought. The grass was almost straw as it grew. One of the best things about painting photorealism is that you don’t have to paint it exactly as is – you can play with the colors, emphasize (or deemphasize) the various elements. Or even altogether remove them. In this painting, I manipulated the hue of the grass a little bit. It’s just a little bit more green – a little bit more cheerful.

Photorealist painting - Cows in a paddock at Yarra Glen - Detail 1
Photorealist painting – Cows in a paddock at Yarra Glen – Detail 1
Photorealist painting - Cows in a paddock at Yarra Glen - Detail 2
Photorealist painting – Cows in a paddock at Yarra Glen – Detail 2
Photorealist painting - Cows in a paddock - Wall mockup
Photorealist painting – Cows in a paddock – Wall mockup

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