Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pigs in Shit

Happy pigs from Norah and Chris' farm.  Pigs are great to photograph and paint--they are real hams for the camera (or maybe they're just really curious about the shiny metal snout-shaped thing) and then have tons of expression and character in their faces and body language.

Watercolor, 10 x 14

Monday, August 13, 2012


I visited my friends' Norah and Chris' new farm a few weeks ago.  (Or maybe its been longer by now, I'm losing track of time!)  This is a portrait of a couple of their chickens.  The chickens had an awesome pasture that was quite big and had nice layers of plants and grass for tasty bugs and things to live in.  The chickens were so bold and red against the bright green leaves and grass, so I had to try to capture it, though the glow of the green and red was tricky to really capture.
Their farm was awesome!  There might be some pig paintings coming too...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Goofy Goat

I've been painting more than I've been posting here, I swear!  This one is actually from almost two weeks ago.  And there's been at least one more in progress and one gift painting since my last post.  But admittedly, I went for a little while without painting, primarily because I was home in Craftsbury for three whole weeks.  When I'm home, there's always something that seems more pressing than painting--like helping to keep the gardens under control and the peas and zucchinis at a reasonable size.  But now I'm back at the OTC, so I should have time to paint more, assuming I can stop watching the olympics for a few minutes.
This goofy little goat really did have this silly little sideways smile, and it was also almost this skinny...though I think I inadvertently may have made its neck a bit too long. It was fun to paint though, and I'm really happy with how the grass came out.  Grass is one of the hardest things to paint, in my opinion.

Watercolor, 16 x 11