Sandhill Cranes in Flight Study

Despite the lack of posts here, I am indeed alive and well!

  I'm thinking of doing a much larger painting of this crane study, hoping to convey their grace in flight, not details.
Stormy: 'Oh, won't you please play with me...'

Coming soon...
a completed painting of Remy,

pictures of our very own egg production team,

and the reopening of my store.

Happy Thanksgiving wishes & 'Black Dog'

Finally a new painting posted!

This is not my black dog, Remy, but Jon Katz's dog Lenore, or rather my loosely rendered work from his photo of her.  Anyway, his entertaining and inspiring blog, Bedlam Farm Journal  is one of my favorites (and he offered the personal use of his photos).

I tried to get a similar photo of my dog for fun (it it was not fun) but ended up with my much-more-easily-photographed little best friend Stormy instead.

I have a lot to be thankful for this year and I hope you do too!

Fire plans, knitting, and goat cheese

This quote sort of  explains my personal experience with the Melrose paint-out this year...

"When a picture isn't realized, you pitch it in the fire and start another." (Paul Cezanne) 

I've hung one from Melrose but I don't like it enough to post it...maybe it should really will be a very long time before I paint palm trees again.

However I have a painting of my cat that I will indeed post soon.  He is such a cutie it is hard to mess him up, or so it seems so far.  What do you think?

If you are by chance like me and admire fluffy dogs, but don't yet live with one, here is something you should know...Chow and his winter coat...and this is only pile #1, pile #2 was almost as big.  He is a really great dog and we do love him very much!

Happenings in our 1 acre, spring bird scene:  Carolina Wrens fledged 4 little short-tailed cuties from the shoe box we taped in the rafters of our pole barn/carport, Bluebirds are feeding chicks, 3 Purple Martins have moved into the gourds,  Chickadees chicks are in 2 boxes, the non-stop-coach-like whistle of a Great Crested Flycatcher make our yard sound like a playing field,  murder of 6 crows visits regularly looking for hand-outs, Northern Parulas are our tinyest and cutest bird-bath-bathers.

Oh yes, looking back at the (draft's) title,  I have learned to knit, albeit haphazardly...and have started making goat cheese which is currently, as of today, available for sale at Earth Pets Organic Feed and Garden in downtown Gainesville 'For Pet Consumption Only'.

'Light Brahmas'

8x8 oil on stretched canvas

This is one of the breeds of chicken I would like to have. They are very docile but I'm not sure about the feathered legs and feet they have...

With the windows closed to keep the too warm air out, Stormy sleeps through his visitors at the window.

'Red Beltie'

A large, red, belted galloway calf from a photo I took last summer.  He was dun but I took the liberty of painting him red instead. 6x8 original oil on stretched canvas, muted yellow sides (yellow ochre)

Stormy helping me out today...

Thanks to the very talented artist Kim VanDerHoek who generously sent me several beautiful notecards from her blog giveaway.

Three Geese

6x8 oil on stretched canvas

In keeping with my slow but steady theme of farmstead animals, here are some geese I put together from the free photo reference library on  I try to use my own photos, mostly because I'm picky about the perspective, angle, and composition but also because few folks give up their photos for free.

Stormy looks back from his bird feeder look-out post on my desk.  The feeders are quite active during this chilly weather.

I hope everyone had a good holiday and that your New Year is off to a pleasant start.  Things are looking up here I'm happy to say.