farm animals

'On Winter Pasture'

8x8 original oil on stretched canvas (sold)

A belted galloway calf with adults.   The reference photo I took in summer but this feels like a more natural setting to paint in February, even in N. FL.

A few days ago I saw a small redbud tree in bloom, my yellow jessamine is about to pop, a few purple martins are back in town (not mine), and the cardinals are singing with renewed vigor.  They never stopped entirely.  I am not ready to give up the chilly blanket weather!

p.s.  I remove the middle-ground cow (with the stretched rectangle of a body!) and changed the color scheme to spring, doctored the calve's head/face, these were all helpful to this painting.

'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.

'Two Nubians' and Attention Cat Lovers Like Me!

Are Nubian goats born with their ears full size?  When I see the kids I always wonder.  These two are yearlings I think.  I took the photo for this at the Union Fair in Maine.
8x8 original oil on stretched canvas, sides painted gray

Displaying paintings on a log cabin wall poses clear challenges...but the little historic building has a certain charm.  Here are my most recent paintings hung at the little gallery in Micanopy (albeit a poor photo).

If you are in the Gainesville area, or even not, I recommend you check out the blog of Earth Pets Organic Feed and Garden.  Especially since I won a $25 gift card from their latest drawing!!

If you are a cat lover, you must see the poster they included in the post 'Dear Cat Lovers'.  Have you ever wondered if it is really possible to tell a blue mackerel cap and saddle silver shade from a caramel classic point mitted golden shade??  No, well you'll still love this poster...

'Light Rooster' and Eggs

8x10 original oil on hardboard

Painting chickens is very enjoyable for several reasons.  Their feathers are colorful, iridescent, loose, flexible, and variable, which frees me to push color and push lots of paint around.  Also, they are large and always in motion; that helps lessen my tendency to make stiff, statuary-like bird paintings.  But fun they are, stiff-looking or not.

Who knew buying eggs could be fun?  Several months ago I started getting my eggs from a local lady who has Cuckoo Marans (terra cotta eggs), Araucanas (blue/green eggs), and New Hampshire Reds (cream eggs).  Opening the carton is always a pleasure.  I especially love the variable shades of the blue/green eggs.

Some day I'll have my own chickens, and certainly Araucanas, but until then I enjoy several farm blogs and visit the HenCam by Terry Golson.

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.

Red Cow

Here's another little cow painting (SOLD-5x7 on Hardbord panel) from a set of photos I took at the pastures of the UF beef teaching unit.  I've no idea what she is beyond being red and having a jersey-like face and a beefy body.  I'm working on a couple of larger paintings for a show the local arts assn. is putting on, 'Gator Nation'.  The subjects of my submissions are cranes and/or cows from this set of pasture photos.  The pastures are a regular hang-out of Sandhill Cranes.