Sunday, January 18, 2009

Moo moo mooooooooo.

Moo times three © 2009 Karen Mathison Schmidt
6 x 6 • acrylic on Gessobord
gloss varnish for protection and easy cleaning
SOLD • private collection, North Attleboro, Massachusetts

Seems like the calves are coming early this year. Every day there are more and more little moo-ers appearing out in the pasture. The very newest ones are very woolly and cute. These two here are just a little older, picking up on mama's cue as to how to act when there's a human in the near vicinity. Stop whatever you're doing, stand stock still and stare. Don't move a muscle until said human has turned her back and is heading away. Very good. Gold stars for both of these young'uns.

I kept this painting very loose and blocky, so it has more of a folk art feel to it. The buildings in the distance are an abandoned turn-of-the-last-century red brick cotton gin and an accompanying storage facility. Back in the day, all the land around here belonged to the same plantation, and they ginned their own cotton before taking it to market. Just a bit of local history for those of you interested in the olden days.

Here are some work in progress photos:

and some close-up details:

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