Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cows at Stone Barns

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I painted these cows this summer, but I’m so glad that I waited until now to post this painting, because now I get to tell you about what I saw this past Saturday. One of these cows (one of the black ones) gave birth just minutes before we happened by. First the little baby was just a black lump in the grass that his mama was licking, and then he struggled to his feet, stood for a few seconds, then fell. Each time he stayed up for a little longer. Very quickly he could take a few wobbly steps, and she started leading him a few feet at a time farther into the field, always staying very close, until he could really pretty much walk. It was amazing.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Half-Hour Portrait

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Cute little happy boy—this one was painted from a photo, so I have no story to go along with the portrait. I do prefer painting from life, but when that’s not possible, doing it this way works fine. So keep the photos coming!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bovina No. 2

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While in Bovina we took a bike ride along the Catskill Scenic Trail, a rail trail that runs across fields and small farms and between mountains in Delaware County. So beautiful. I also like that the trail is unpaved, which makes for a more interesting ride. Along the way we said hello to some pretty, long-horned cattle and steered clear of an especially fragrant billy goat.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Half-Hour Portrait

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And here is her sister. Sometimes I find beautiful people a little harder to paint, but these paintings just flowed. I can see so much of their mom in both of these girls.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Half-Hour Portrait

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Ooh, I can’t tell you how much I love painting people with dark hair and big dark eyes. I mean, LOOK at this girl. Isn't she gorgeous? One of the coolest things about this commission was noting the familial similarities as I painted siblings and cousins. More to come.