New Year, New Kitty, New Painting

This painting is inspired by photos from Maine lakes we enjoy.  This is my first try at using a fully gray sky, which naturally results in gray water...

'Lake Reflections'  8x6 oil on stretched canvas

When you are a cat person few things could start off a year better than an additional cat in the family.  Meet Moby.  He is a very big boy, at least 18 lbs., double my other little guy.

'Salt Marsh with Sand'

8x6 original oil on stretched canvas (sold)

Computer problems have delayed my postings. Even my cherished iMac is not idiot-proof. Repair required a trip to the 'Genius Bar' in Jacksonville. Enough on that.

It seems odd to me that the paintings that are stubborn about 'falling off the brush' often turn out to be the ones I like best. These little Frederix canvases I bought last month have a substantial texture that I managed to take advantage of here I think. Maybe the inherent texture lets the bits of impasto paint harmonize on the painting surface more effortlessly?

I'm reading The Art Spirit by Robert Henri which offers insights and advice for all who appreciate art. I'll start tossing in some quotes I like.

"All manifestations of art are but landmarks in the progress of the human spirit toward a thing but as yet sensed and far from being possessed." Robert Henri

"Cracker Cows No. 1"

11x14 oil painting from a photo taken of a Micanopy pasture. Cracker cows are interesting because they come in all colors and patterns including a sort of brindle coloration that is suggested in the mother cow here. They are small, attractive, and very hardy, but fell out of favor with most all ranchers because they don't bulk-up the way Angus and Herefords do. Fortunately some concerned ranchers decided preserving this heritage breed was important so you'll see a number of them in the pastures of Alachua County. The same efforts have been made to save the Cracker horses (like those on Payne's Prairie). Both have Spanish heritage and are small and hardy because they grazed free-range in the local area for centuries and were subject to natural selection. If you would like to see some photos of them and learn more here is a link to a Florida Dept. of Ag. site:
I have some great pictures of them I've taken in the area and plan to paint them again. And probably in more detail than this painting which is more about the setting than the cows.