Monday, January 28, 2008

"Naptime"

7 x 9" oil/canvas mounted to hardwood panel

sold

This morning we awoke to subzero temperatures and a wind chill of about 25-30 below. As my husband headed out to feed cows, Bill our Border Collie wanted so badly to help. Reluctantly he took him with.
Bill's job is to keep the cows off the hay bales until my husband gets the twine removed. After they were done, this is where Bill spent the rest of the day.
This painting was done from life

I wondered if I could pull this painting off. In the beginning it basically had 2 values. Especially the top half of the painting. It seemed very distracting. But I loved the linear composition and felt that something would present itself. Toward the end, I added the saddle blanket and it seemed to break the 2 values into 3.

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful painting. There is something very heartwarming about a sleeping animal. It is almost saying that the house is warm and quiet and everything is at peace. I think the blanket needs to be there. Very nice. Great little story with it too.

    Hey, being from Montana maybe you can answer the question on my Blog. I just posted a little story about blowing bubbles in the winter.

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  2. Thanks for the feed back on my paintings! Its so nice to know someone out there is viewing them.

    They (r the bubbles) do actually freeze into tiny ice globes.
    My daughter did a science experiment several years ago to see the weather effects on bubbles.
    d

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  3. It IS a beautiful painting! Wonderful feel. It really affects me as it looks painfully like our recently departed Gnat. BC's had traditional names, Fly being one.Gnatty was hyper and pesty, hence his name.
    Must bid.
    Sue

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  4. Thank you so much for your comments!
    And sorry for your loss...
    A friend of mine says that "Every one of them is a broken heart."
    But what would we do without them?
    I love the name, Gnat.
    Fly is a good one, too. Bill loves to jump and I swear he can do just that, fly!

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