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A small painting below of another White Park girl named Dulce. And she is sweet.
If you're interested in landscape painting and are not aware of John MacDonald's work, check him out. He sends a newsletter out every few months that is chock full of information about landscape and painting in general. I save every one of his dispatches for reference. They are that good!
In the meantime, another heifer from the farm in Bucks County. Eliza is her name.
Just finished reading "A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler which I found in one of our Little Free Library a few blocks from my house. Critics accuse Ms Tyler's writing as sweet and sentimental. I wonder what is wrong with that? The point being that one of the characters IS sweet and seemingly without much going on before the reader finally learns that she is clever, determined, and believes in herself. The character's name is Linnie Mae and so is this young heifer.
Braxton, now named Luther and his herd mates are named after Confederate Generals. This boy's namesake led The Army of Mississippi from the Battle of Shiloh. I'll write more about the people and farm where I met Braxton in a future post.
Postscript: Read the September 4, 2017 post about the renaming of this steer.
Painting and drawing was a major part of my life as a child but dissapeared during my teens and through my life as an adult working fulltime in the corporate world. The awakening came one day at the office when I realized that I had to return to art, quit and took a partime job. I began classes at a local art league and painting at home.
Another awakening arrived when I had my first intimate encounter with a dairy cow. Then there was the interview with Temple Grandin...no more eating these beautiful creatures or anything with a mother. My goal is to depict these non-human animals as the sentient, beautiful beings that they are. That's it.