Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal

"Ms Highland Bling"

Highland cow scratchboard with Karen Neal artist


A commissioned scratchboard @ 46in wide x 33in.


The client's request was for a large piece (this is the largest scratchboard that could be imported into New Zealand), with a little bit of bling to adorn her!
She was aptly named "Ms Highland Bling".

A photo in the studio with myself to show the scale of the artwork.

The frame choice is a wide chunky Larsen Juhl Majorca frame, love how it's worked!





The final artwork...


HIghland cow scratchboard with bling

The reference photo was taken from a trip to Scotland in 2015. I used to work in the northern Highlands of Scotland near Dornoch in the early 90's, so it was lovely to revisit a few of these places. We came across a Scottish roadblock of several highland coos (we didn't make it to the end of the road!)


Painting the earrings in acrylic,with little prisms to look like diamonds, and a pearlescent glaze for a slight sheen

Painting diamond earrings scratchboard

Closeup detailing

A very closeup photo working on the horns with a wide tattoo needle to get the cross hatching effect.
There is a short timelapse video of this technique on my facebook art page (click photo below)


Ms HIghland Bling's forever home, in Glenorchy - love her view!

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