November has brought many blessings.  Not the least of which was the  installation of my painting entitled “Little Milk Thief” at a well-attended dedication ceremony on October 30, 2014 in Roberts Hall at the University of Texas in Austin. This painting, which was commissioned by the University for their “Texas Longhorn Art Series”, is the 25th and final addition to this prestigious collection.  Click here to see the newly dedicated painting. Wow, to receive such an honor was very humbling.

Cattle are intrigued by weird things in the grass.

Cattle are intrigued by weird things in the grass, like me laying there with a camera.

Not to let any grass grow under my feet, it was then off to a local dairy to photograph some Holsteins for a future painting.  Want to know how to get your bovine subjects to gather for a photo?  Just lay in the grass.  You are guaranteed to get either some fantastic shots, or a lot of hoofprints on your back.  Luckily, I think I got some great reference photos.

 

"Rock Bottom"  36x36 acrylic

“Rock Bottom” 36×36 acrylic

Something I recently completed is a slightly surreal piece entitled “Rock Bottom”.  I’ve always been drawn to cattle as my main subjects, but I also am attracted to a sense of mystery and mood, and placing them in slightly offbeat backgrounds.  The black and blue tones in this painting meld wonderfully. Watch for one of the above Holsteins to appear in such a setting soon.  

 

 

Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" from 1486.

Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” from 1486.

Work-in-progress (18"x18").

Work-in-progress (18″x18″).

In fact, on my easel right now is a work-in-progress.  There is a lot more work to be done on this calf floating along on his clam shell (Calf on the Half?), and I admit to a bit of influence from Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” which was painted over 500 years ago. I wanted to share what was on my easel and in my head today. But, I need to just clam up.

Rose going awayOn a sadder note, my dear friend, muse, and beautiful longhorn cow Rose passed away last month at the age of 27 years.

Requiescat in pace et in amore.

Until next time,

~ Sandra