Here is an example of a painting that had spent the past year in the corner of my studio, quietly waiting for the day I would pick it up, add a bit of paint and call it done.
Begun in Cashiers, NC on my last evening there in 2014, I had quickly pushed through to get the basics down. Using the limited colors of Alizarin Crimson Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Indian Yellow Hue and White (Golden Open Acrylics), the painting was blocked in with some detail added. The canoe moved off quickly requiring me to be sketch mostly from memory.
Back home, the painting soon found itself under a pile of other unfinished works. Recently, however, the need to complete some of these “almost” complete works started to nag at me. This is one of the ones I was quite happy to finish out – always a tricky business as I prefer to do this from memory instead of a photo (if I have one). Memory can be deceitful.
I’m pleasantly surprised with the results!
Going out and staring at cows in a field is something I find pretty entertaining. They have an attitude which is primarily laid back, providing a rather mellowing effect on the soul. Possibly they also match my hopeful view of the world—that everyone, like cattle, would be willing to be who they really are and not be afraid to go with that.
Plus, as an artist painting cows there’s the satisfaction that, like grandparents sitting children, at the end of the day when the fun is over, the responsibility goes elsewhere while you get to go home.
Be honest. You’ve stopped and mooooed at them yourself, haven’t you? Aha!