Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Holstein Cow on Blue, No. 14 of 30 Daily Paintings
"This is a painting of a Holstein Cow, which originated in the Netherlands. It is today the most efficient dairy producing animal in the world, and in my opinion, also one of the cutest!
Holsteins have been known to be all black, all white, a mix of the two, or even red and white, which is slightly less common than the traditional black and white mix. Their reason for import to the US was due to disease spreading amongst the cattle, and 8800 Holstein cows were imported to the new world, where they, obviously, flourished to become the most efficient species of dairy cows currently in existence."
I think he did a great job - and he's helping me immensely! Mark, if you read this, thanks so much!
The painting is a small one, 8x10" on stretched canvas, with 3/4" sides, painted blue. The back is wired, so the painting is ready to hang, either framed or unframed. This cow is another one I got sketches and photos of on my fairly recent trip to the dairy farms around Tillamook, Oregon, on the Pacific Coast -- well, a bit inland, I guess, but you can certainly feel the sea air around there. It's available for sale on my website, and here's the link for it - and other farm animal paintings I've done: http://wildwildthings.com/originalsgalleryFARM.html.
I'm now working on a larger painting, which is going to take at least three days to finish. I'm really enjoying it so far. It's an Australian shepherd, a tricolor, sent to me by a dog-lover. He has several Aussies and I'm going to try to paint all of them over time. I'll post the painting in just a few more days.