Friday, August 7, 2015

Peter, Paul and Mary

Peter, Paul and Mary
Oil on canvas, 36x60

So much of what I learn, I learn by accident. In one cowscape, I made the cows larger than I usually do. I needed the painting to be done quickly so it could dry, so I could get it to a show - and so I made the cows bigger. When the painting was done, it was clear to me that the large images had more punch, more power than the smaller ones. This now seems like a no-brainer, but for me it was a discovery. More cow, less landscape - better, stronger painting. 

"Peter, Paul and Mary" contains my biggest cows to date, and I really like it. What do you think? Are the cows too big? Would you like to see them bigger? Smaller? It's always great to hear your opinions and ideas. 

TWO WEEKENDS, TWO SHOWS! Come to the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, this weekend in Mystic, CT. I'll be at the corner of Willow and Main, across from the post office! Or come to SoNo Arts, in South Norwalk, Aug. 15-16. Don't know where I'll be yet, but I'll post my location here on the blog. Both shows are 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday. I'd love to see you! 

Summer on a Plate

Tomatoes from the stand at Occohannock Road in Exmore, and cucumbers from my friend Pat's garden started this salad, along with leaves of Thai basil from our now-deceased plant... a little sugar, oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Let it sit for an hour or so, if you can. Yum! 

Dog of the Day

Saw this guy at Jerry's Artarama in Virginia Beach. He was a youngster, with a pretty strong streak of assertiveness. 

A Final Thought 

"Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy." 
- Vincent Van Gogh


Unknown said...

LOVE them, love the composition. It unequivocally makes the painting about the COWS, not the landscape, and yes, it gives it great "punch"!

carrie jacobson said...

Thanks, Ellen!

Sara said...

LOVE this! another wonderful cow painting!!