Fall and Cows

Stela at 3 Pears, Dorset
Stela at 3 Pears, Dorset

Another weekend photographing cows and this week with a better luck with the cows. Must say country rides in this years spectacular fall foliage season and calling it work is not work at all…but than neither is painting!

Stopped by 3 Pears Gallery in Dorset. In the one year Greg has been opened here the gallery has grown from two rooms to a whole house full of art. Each room is a surprise and filled with works from many artists put together in Greg’s wonderful style. Looking forward to his holiday show after Thanksgiving.

Chicken Personalities

My first chicken, Suzie Wilson, had a personality very similar to this chicken…sweet. I could sit outside at chicken level and she would just hang out with me. As other chickens joined her in the “palace” I expected the same. More often though sitting at chicken level became too challenging. Usual chicken activity around my yard is the girls looking for treats and even the stitching on jeans or my glasses would be something to investigate with pecks. I had to give up eating lunch with them as everyone except Suzie would be jumping non stop to steal my food!

DSC_0810New Chicken Painting, 20″ x 24″

A Cow Weekend

New Cow, maybe Charlie30″ x 24″

It was a beautiful fall weekend even with unsettled weather. It always amazes me when I feel it can’t be any more beautiful in the fall on a sunny day and then it rains and that day is the most beautiful ever. Rick and I traveled our back roads looking for cows and opportunities to photograph them for painting reference. A customer recently commented that it must be easy to get cow photos around Southern Vermont…it isn’t. Saturday the cows we found were either too far out in the field, heads buried in pumpkin/squash gardens munching away, lying down or in most cases standing firm with their back sides to us. Our last stop Sunday was the best farm yet. A large heard of beautiful cows. A few obstacles even with this great opportunity. Our camera lens isn’t strong enough and the fall cold wind made using even our cameras challenging. Might sound like I am complaining but I am not. The time spent visiting the cows was wonderful plus there was a very large pig who got himself out of the pen and was having a feast so we had a blast! Oh, I shouldn’t forget the chickens and turkeys that were around and easily photographed. One rooster I have already started a painting of. All and all we did get a few good reference photos of cows for new paintings I am excited about.


Weston and Newfane Fall Festivals


All over Vermont this is the prime leaf viewing weekend with so many events planned and visitors coming to our state. I will be exhibiting in both Weston and Newfane. Weston Playhouse sets up artists creatively in all the odd spots around the vintage theater for their annual fundraiser, one we happily participate in every year. Rick will be there warm inside the building while I will be outside on the Newfane Commons for the hugely popular annual Harvest Festival. A fund raiser for the Newfane Church I was given the opportunity to have a booth just a few days ago when one became available and I couldn’t resist filling in for such a fun and rewarding community effort event even if we are expecting the coolest fall weather so far this year. Both Weston and Newfane are so fall picture perfect, hope to see you there! (If you haven’t seen Chevy Chase in the very funny movie “Funny Farm” it was filmed in Newfane and neighboring Townsend.)