Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Camille SOLD

My facebook friends in the Pastel Society of America group helped me name this girl. Thank you, Joanne Turner! I love the name because it reminds me of Camille Claudel. She had an affair with Rodin and there is a movie named after her. A tragic story, or at least it seemed that way when I saw it many years ago. This Camille lives at Deep Run Farm  in Bucks County, PA.

16 x 20 Pastel on paper

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Olive SOLD

This calf was only a few weeks old and had such an irresistible sweetness in her expression. Maybe that's why I love to paint these babies!

8 x 8 on board

Saturday, March 2, 2013


"Julius" was selected to be included in the Byers' Bucks Fever Art Exhibition among many entrants for this annual show. Click the link above for more information. 

12 x 12
Pastel on board


"Julius" was selected to be included in the Byers' Bucks Fever Art Exhibition among many entrants for this annual show. Click the link above for more information. 

12 x 12
Pastel on board

Friday, March 1, 2013


This boy has such attitude! I was out at a preserved farm doing a not so good landscape painting and driving home when I saw a herd of mixed breed cattle a half mile from where I was painting. It's the unexpected bovine siting that may provide the best pose or look. 

8 x 8
Pastel on paper

Thursday, February 28, 2013


This is the second painting I've done of this red and white bull calf. He has such a gentle disposition, most likely because he was hand raised as a baby. I'm hoping to visit him and spend more time with him and his brother soon. 

16 x 20
Pastel on board

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cloud Shadows SOLD

I've painted at this farm in Bucks County, Pa a number of times in different seasons. This was a day a few winters ago when a low flying cloud was passing over part of the field. This painting was one of the pieces in the Notre Dame Art Show.

Cloud Shadows
Pastel 11 x 14

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

30 in 30 Day 26 - Holstein Calf

Another Detweiler "girl" who I met this past summer.  She was with her little herd of friends who were born around the same time.

Holstein Calf
Pastel 8 x 10

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day 22- 30 in 30 Farm Field

I've been wanting to get back to painting in watermedia and did this one in gouache and pastel on bristol board. 

Farm Field
9 x 12 Mix

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Day 21 - 30 in 30 Sweet Eli SOLD

Such a nice boy  although he's got more of a cow face in shape than bull's face. Dare I say he's a pretty boy?

Sweet Eli
Pastel 8 x 10

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Day 18 30 in 30 - White Face Calf

Missed yesterday with so much going on with the show delivery and necessary evils. This is a little boy who I saw this past summer while out painting at a preserved farm. I will probably do a little more work on him, but here he is for the moment. 

White Face Calf
Pastel 8 x 10

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Day 16 30 in 30 Horicon Marsh

Near the cottage in Paradox Lake, NY is another lake called Schroon Lake (pronounced Scroon)  which is much larger. I took some photos near the boat launch in Horicon this past autumn. 

Horicon Marsh
Pastel 9 x 12

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Day 15 30 in 30 - Little One

Halfway there...yay! I have met so many wonderful people who are also great artists because of this challenge. I am so thankful that  Leslie Saeta  created this project because it's already changed my life...can't wait to see where this will take me next!

Little One
7 x  8 Pastel

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Day 14 30 in 30 Cookie Boy Profile

A small painting of Cookie Boy in profile...a proud bull just waiting for that special cow. 

Cookie Boy Profile
5 x 7 Pastel

Monday, January 14, 2013

Day 12 30 in 30 Zoe

Another small painting of Zoe, a black and white Holstein who lives at the Detweiler Farm. 

Zoe  6 x 6

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Day 11 30 in 30

I'm learning so much with this exercise. I read a comment from Bethany  a couple of days ago who wrote that she couldn't subscribe to my blog updates which I didn't understand until I took a good look at this blog. There was no "signup button for email updates". Don't know how I missed it, but I owe Bethany big time! The first version of this painting was a bit dull ...this is a bit brighter. 

Lower Farm Road Redux
Pastel 9 x 12

Friday, January 11, 2013

Call me "Mister" Amos- Day 10 30 in 30

Amos lives in Bucks County and knows he's the boss of his domain. I was fortunate to snap a couple of photos of him before he faked me out with a half hearted charge. 

8 x 10 Pastel

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 9 30 in 30 - Olive

Olive is a sweet Hereford calf that I met in Bucks County at an agricultural college. She has such a sweet expression that I will have to do more paintings of her. 

Pastel 6 x 6
125. Avail  at Robin's Egg Gallery

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 8 30 in 30

Another painting of Julius...this time a profile of him. 

Julius Squared
Pastel 8 x 8

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

30 in 30 Day 7

Another Detweiler "girl". Notice that she doesn't have udders. That's because she has not had a calf as of yet.

Pastel 8 x 10

Monday, January 7, 2013

Cookie Boy

Cookie Boy has been living as a pet about a half hour from me for a number of years. He has become a bit shaggy and long in the tooth but still a handsome boy. This is my first rendition of him. Visits to Cookie Boy always involve staying out of spitting range of the protective llama that he lives with. If you ever meet up with a llama, move back and out of range when their ears go down!

8 X 10 Pastel

Sunday, January 6, 2013

30 in 30 Day 5

Another landscape painting. There is preserved farmland  not too far from my home and this is one place in Lower Salford Township, PA. Jim McFarlane took a group of us out to this location years ago. I am so grateful to him for his generosity as a teacher and friend all these years. 

Jacob's Farm
Pastel 6 x 8

Saturday, January 5, 2013

30 in 30 Day 4

Today is a landscape to mix things up. 

January Field Study - Pastel
8 x 6 Available at the Notre Dame Show

Friday, January 4, 2013

40th Annual Fine Art Show /Academy of Notre Dame

This is probably the fifth year that I've been in this wonderful local show. If you live in the area, check it out by visiting The show runs from January 25th through February 2nd.
Link to Notre Dame Art Show

Unami Autum- Pastel - 16 x 20 Framed
One of the pieces that will be in this show

"Julius "

Day 3 for the 30 in 30 Challenge from Leslie Saeta.

8 x 8 Pastel
125. Unframed

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Olympia and her group of cows were resting in the field when I spotted her on the way to Vergennes, Vermont last year. Quickly finding a place to stop, I ran back and snapped a couple of photos of her before she got up. She snagged a number of awards in 2012. I was especially proud of her prize in the Philadelphia Water Color Society Annual Works on Paper in 2012.

Pastel 18 x 24
1300. Framed


I was kindly invited to visit the Detweiler Farm in Bucks County this past summer and spent a morning at their beautiful farm with well cared for Holstein cattle. There were two bull calves that almost didn't make it when they were born, but were nursed back to health by one of the owners of the farm. I was quite taken with one of them and here is my first attempt painting him.

Pastel 5 x 7
125. Available at
Robin's Egg Gallery

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Julius lives at a local farm in Montgomery County, PA. He's the first Charlois that I've met in person(?). He is the only one of the small herd that is not afraid of me and promises to be a handful later.

12 x 12 Pastel on Paper
300. Without Frame/500. Framed
Maple Acres Farm Facebook Page


Juno is a Hereford calf that I met in Bucks County this past summer. I stopped to see the cows on a hunch that they might be around ...turned out to be a magical couple of hours of amazing light and beautiful poses by the calves.

10 X 8 Pastel