As a child, I was a daydreamer who wanted to be practically everything when she grew up– a pediatrician, a travel writer, a teacher, an interior designer, a gypsy fortune teller, a fashion designer, & a dairy farmer. Yes, a dairy farmer! I dreamed of putting on my Wellies & old jeans to muck stalls, feed calves, & milk cows who would supply the ingredients for the richest, creamiest ice-cream in the world (When I dream, I dream big!). I also wanted enough money to hire the best people to help me run this farm so I could have time for my art. I’m a dreamer but a practical one 🙂
I didn’t grow up to be a dairy farmer but I still love cows. I can’t explain why except to say they bring me such joy that tears sometimes fill my eyes. There’s a sense of peace & serenity watching a cow simply BE a cow. I especially love Holsteins whose contrast of black & white, curves & bony angles seem the ultimate symbol of balance… a living Yin Yang. And their soulful brown eyes convey so much without words… as I hope my art does.
The piece, Lunch with the Girls, is a departure from my most recent collages. Instead, I looked to expressionism for my color palette & style. While my head had to consider composition, it is my heart that is telling this story. Please refer to my post “Head, Heart, & Hands” for an explanation of my art philosophy. I’ve taken dozens of photos while visiting local dairy farms, living vicariously through the people I see working there. So don’t be surprised to see more cows in future blogs. May you find joy in the simple things.
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