I think Buffalo are in the same group as cows. They are both sweet, big and beautiful. I do not know why I have waited so long to paint a Buffalo but Iam glad I have. I always think of the Bugs Bunny episode where a bull is breathing on Bugs tail and he turns around and slaps the bull across the face. Such huge necks...beautiful...
I have had this photo for a couple of years in my photo bank of possible painting subjects. I thought it was so sweet. Summer is a busy time so finding the time to paint is tricky. I started this one last week but the mood to complete it was not there until yesterday. I have said it before and I will say it again Cows are such sweet beautiful creatures.
Based on a photo by: Jannes Pockele https://flic.kr/p/PyS6L
I had one last piece of plywood left from painting my Yoga Bear painting and I felt I needed a Moose to round out this years indoor/outdoor paintings. Here he is in all his glory.....so Muskoka.
April 15th, 2016
I enjoyed painting this one so much. I have a cold right now and I felt better having something fun to paint. The spring weather has arrived in high fashion and I'm getting all my indoor/outdoor paintings ready to display in the greenhouse. This one will be added to the collection as soon as I give it three coats of exterior varathane.
This is another indoor outdoor painting in a different size than I usually do. It is 4ftx4ft, surprisingly it took just as long to paint this as it did the larger size. So you just never know. Last night was 40 below zero....BERRRRRR. I hope that was the last of the crazy cold stuff. The indoor outdoor paintings are being stored in the greenhouse till spring when we can display them without freezing to death. Thankfully that will not be that long.
January 28th, 2016
I painted this one on plywood to give it the added flexibility to be hung outdoors. Its a medium size painting but being that the subject is a small flower it seems huge. I found this one difficult to photograph, the low light of winter is working aganist me and added lighting just makes a glare. So this one is the best I could do.
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.
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 have painted this image in various sizes and they all are such a reminder of spring. As summer is starting to fade I find myself bringing up memories of spring, I think its my way of prolonging this beautiful time of year.
In mid March, on a particularly sunny afternoon, we took folding lawn chairs and sat out in the driveway on a small patch of gravel that was clear of snow to catch the first real warm spring sun. The wonderful feeling of that afternoon is still bright in my memory. It really is the simple things that mean so much, a cliche' but it is so true.