I know, another cow painting....I do seem to paint a series of what ever subject I'm in the mood to paint. I'm a bit behind in my Blog updates. We moved the computer that I use to update this site and now its not so easy to use, as well as being stupid busy and the most heart breaking excuse is our very beloved dog Teddy was hit by a car and passed away two weeks ago. We are absolutely heart broken, I still expect him to be at my side as I walk around the house and yard. Life without him is easier in some ways, we don't have to worry that he has not had enough play or walks or fun.....but his loss is greater than any freedom. Its a hollow feeling, so we called the breeder where we got Teddy from and might be able to get a puppy very soon. So bring on the bitten toes, shredded paper and pee stains here comes another baby to love.
I have been very busy for the last couple weeks but I still managed to fit in some paint time. What to paint....well a cow, no big surprise. When I seen the photo this painting was based on I had to laugh. It is so typical of a cow to be nosy, they usually have a sniff then back away leaving you to wonder what is their favorite purfume. Something that smells like molasses would be my best guess. We used to have a barrel of molasses to mix with their food as a tasty treat once in a while and they would go absolutely bananas for it. Like cats and catnip thats what how it is for cows and molasses.
I have been wanting to paint a cow again so I made it happen. This one reminds me of the dairy cows we had when I was a kid. We had a very nice herd of cows not huge maybe25-30 milkers, our girls were use to being touched so they did not pull away from you when you reached out to them. Its been 40 years since we let the dairy business go but I still remember a few of the girls that had very unique personalities. Such beautiful creatures.
This was a piece that was commissioned for a Birthday gift. When I received the photos I would be working from I melted, she was so sweet, a big beautiful girl. I have always been a cat person but for a couple of years now I'm also a dog person.
This is the first horse painting I have done. I found the photo this painting is based on a few years ago and have been saving it until I had the nerve to give it a go. I must admit they were a tricky subject to paint. Musn't be a coward though...more tricky horses for me then.
My sister is the horse lover of the family, I think they are beautiful but intimidating. As a kid I was on a few horses that did not want me there and the message was received.
Some paintings are just pure pleasure to paint. This was one of them. It never ceases to amaze me how all phases of life has cycles of emotion and learning, sometimes all is well everything is clicking along and then POW!!!!!! All of a sudden its strugle and pain. Such is the stuff of growth......I want a vacation......
I have been working on this painting for a couple of weeks. A process made even slower by having the flu. Its been years since I have had the flu and I hope to never have it again. Along with chills, spliting headahe ,sore throat, extreme cough and nausea was the insane tirdness. I could not paint for about a week of my two week flu....and that was very boring.
But the sun has been out for a few days making everything brighter and better, including me. Time to get busy and paint,paint,paint.
This is my first time painting donkeys and it will not be my last. They are so cute, you can't help but fall in love with them. I have not seen many donkeys in my life but my aunt had one for a while. She used to hook him up to a tiny wagon and we would laugh when he made its trade mark call. My sister had a chubby pony when we were growing up, his name was Poncho he looked like he was part donkey....short stout and with big ears, oh and very stubborn. My sister would make me catch him if he was out in the field, since I didnt ride him he wouldn't usually run from me. He was not dumb, after a while he would'nt let me catch him either.....
This is the fourth rooster I have painted this month....seems fitting since it is the year of the Rooster. Its the ony subject I'm in the mood to paint right now. His comb lookes like a crooked crown and made him look a bit princely so thats why the fitting name. It's been ages since I have painted a cow so I will be looking for just the right photo to try and get my creative juices going..........fingers crossed.
Based on a photo by:Lightspeed https://flic.kr/p/6CqfQY