I have been working on a series of farm animal paintings from photos I took of cows and sheep in the Tomales area, also from chickens in my own backyard. When I paint an animal at a distance it ends up feeling more like a landscape to me.
But when I zoom in close and get the feel of the animal through it's expression, I feel like I have captured something exciting! I especially love to capture the eyes looking straight at me because as I am watching this amazing animal, he is checking me out.
He is trying to figure out if I am a threat or not. The little ones run close to their mother but the older animals usually stand their ground, stop eating, check out the situation, then resume whatever they were doing before I came along.
If I am patient, I usually get some good shots. In the last month, I have sold three of the "cropped close" paintings and I think it's because of the wonderful energy these little paintings exude.
"I would like to paint the way a bird sings." - Claude Monet
I am loving my OLW (www.bigpictureclasses.com) for this year. The word I have chosen is INTENTION. Mmmm....or did it choose me? For the first month or so, I wasn't sure it suited me but the more I explored the depths of this intriguing word, the more I have felt it resonates with me. I have found myself to be more mindful during my days in both action and thought. Once that happens, people interact differently with you. I feel more connected with myself, others and spirit.