There is nothing like sketching slumbering animals. They stay so still for you! I especially like spending time with cows since I lived a few years on a farm growing up and have always found them very gentle and friendly.

Now, I’m afraid I need to go slumber a bit myself as it has been a long day!

watercolour and ink painting of cows sleeping in shade of tree
Slumbering, watercolour and ink on paper, 5 x 8"

En plein air by the fence

This is another painting done from the passenger seat of my car. Early morning I drive around trying to find a piece of shade to park in, open all the windows, set up the metallic window shade, hop into the passenger seat and set up my palette from the oil paints in the bin by my feet. Then I paint for an hour or two while guzzling ice water from a thermos and trying not to get too much paint on the interior of the car…

After this I explore a bit more looking for spots I might like to paint the following day before heading home to finish the oil sketch or work on bigger canvases in the studio.

oil painting of tree and fence in new mexico
By the Fence, oil on canvas, 8 x 10"

Visit to the farm

There are few things better than having a friend with a hobby farm. You get to visit all the pretty and often hilarious animals (making special visits when they have baby chicks and ducklings to come pet) and you don’t have to deal with all the chores every day. Best of all, the animals you visit and paint and pet don’t get sent off to become burgers the next month. My friend has a rooster. This is him.

watercolour painting of rooster
Cocky but Curious, watercolour and ink on paper, 4 x 6"