If the cows were not at the barn when it was milking time when we were kids one of us would have to go looking for them. Often you could call to them and they would start walking towards us. But sometimes the taste of the grass was just to devine and they would wait until you could almost touch them before they would acknowledge you. Watching you approach and eating until the last possible second. This is the view I remember all to well. Cows are just like any of us, determined to do what we want when we want to do it. Got to love them.
Today is the birthday of a dear friend, Martha. We like to tease her about her intellectual car games (that I can't follow at all) and her general knowledge of just about everything. She is a fast thinking, memory keeping, sweetheart. She has been very supportive and encouraging of my painting. Its a wonderful thing to have people around you who are a positive force. This painting was a gift for her birthday which is today. Happy Birthday Martha.
I was in the mood to paint something in a warm tone. We had such an incredible summer and fall has started off so beautiful. I wanted to reflect the glow of the fall colours that are just beginning to appear. The colours are stunning but short lived, so any extension of them is a good thing.
A friend suggested that I paint a bear. She had seen a terrible video where a bear was being killed. Very upsetting. I do not begin to have any answers to all the problems of people and animals coexisting on a planet with ever diminishing land .
I feel all life has value and a right to exist. Although we may be at the top of the food chain at this point in time, any unnecessary cruelty to animals or our fellow man, just brings down our collective worth and is a very sad, sad thing. I have a healthy fear of bears and I'm always on watch when we walk through our fields. We spot black bears every year grazing on grass in these fields and I intend on giving them the distance and respect they deserve.
I have had a few requests for paintings of Moose. So I have been working on a couple of different paintings in a variety of sizes. The back ground of this one feels like an art nouveau style to me. The time of day being sun set gives an orange tinge to the fur and longer shadows.
This is another painting in the indoor outdoor series. I thought it would be fun to put this painting on the front of a building or fence and see if you could get any double takes as people drive by. Its always exciting to spot a moose in the landscape, they are so quick to dart back into the bush you do not get much time take it all in.
The title of this painting says alot about the crowing habits of our roosters. They crow all day long, not just morning. That means if you leave your windows open you risk being awakened at 4am, thats how our boys operate, always on the job. We have two roosters. The boys will crow back and forth to each other, trying to show the other guy who's boss and to impress their group of lovely ladies.
I painted this one at the start of the summer to brighten up our patio area. We no longer have a huge blank wall facing us when we sit for a break in the afternoon. Our patio has large pots full of different hostas and ferns, its a leafy space.
There was a tv series that ran from the mid 80's till early 90's, Golden girls......the story was set in Florida with a house full of ladies living out their golden years. They had bold tropical paper on the walls with flowers and palm leaves. Thats what this space reminds me of, a warm memory of a tropical location where you can relax and share a laugh.
I painted this one while greenhouse sitting in July. It was a challenge to paint using acrylics, which are quick to dry in a hot greenhouse. Not the ideal enviroment but I made the most of it and kept my mister bottle working overtime.
What a fantastic summer we are having, it just keeps coming. I will take every warm sunny day and appreciate all of it, since the season will change soon enough.
Even though I have a small mountain of tomatoes that need to be roasted, my husband and I played hookie and it was just as much fun as ever. We went on a long drive on some of the areas back roads. I have a fondness for swamps and lily filled ponds. Sure the lakes are nice but my heart belongs with the frogs, minnows and plant filled wet spots that are teeming with life. So I thought my Lily Pond painting would be todays post, it seemed fitting.