This has been the most fun painting to work on. It is painted with oil and I feel like I finally have the feel of it and I really love it….I thought watercolor would always be my first choice, but for now I am hooked on the richness of oil…….Besides these beautiful bovines, my inspiration comes from Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. My artist friends call me Dandrew and that is a compliment. My models for this painting belong to my neighbors. You can see how fat and sassy they are. They are contented cows, for sure…..Most of my paintings have been reproduced as Giclees by the finest photographic lab in the country and I just posted them all for sale on Etsy.com. This painting will be available in a limited edition (less than fifty) and will be reproduced on archival quality Artist’ stock material. Hand signed by Dana Spring Parish.
I haven’t lost a finger yet…..These Cow boys are amazing guys. Of-course horses, sheep, goats, are wonderful and our dogs, cats and pig (are) human but we are just getting to know about the cuteness of cows…..and it is really fun
NO way are these babies dumb. Blonde yes, but maybe it comes from a bottle, I admit to highlights myself……Yesterday they found a tiny little gap in the fence and had a hayday exploring the neighbor’s 800 acre ranch. THANKS for the workout involved in getting you back, turds! (We love you, just kidding…)
I just love their faces, Tom and I could have stayed all day looking at all of the Longhorns at the South Texas Longhorn Association Show.
This is an oil painting that I am working on. It is on canvas. The original is 8×10 inches.
Julian Onderdonk is coming to the Witte Museum in San Antonio, September 18, 2008. Not Julian himself, but his wonderful Texas landscapes will be there and so will I. I may get arrested for drooling on them, but hey, I have friends in low places that will bail me out. He has inspired me to paint in his incomparable impressionistic way, as Andrew and Jamie Wyeth continue to inspire me to paint detail and honest realism.
This is a Longhorn calf that belongs to my neighbor. I love them, I want one…..please Tom?
They are always watchful of their babies and very protective. The coyotes and other predators hardly have a chance with the way that these Mamas aggressively guard their babies. We love to see the Egrets around the cattle and they are as beneficial as they are beautiful to watch. They follow the cows and eat the insects that are disturbed by the footsteps of the livestock.They especially love grasshoppers. The head honchos of the pecking order have the prime spot closet to the cows. They will even pick ticks off of them which is a big help in eliminating tick borne diseases in cattle.
I found a way to raise funds for our proposed ski slope endeavor. Apparently, Texas is not known for their ski rental facilities, yet, but we are known for our Longhorns. I am embarrassed to say that I paid five bucks, the price of a margarita to ride Bingo, a Longhorn who luckily was stout enough to carry 220 pounds. (the sign said so). We got off cheap though, if we had not been sporting our own disposable cameras, it would have cost us $15.00 for 8 seconds of glory. Five bucks gave us a choice of posing astride Bingo or his friend Tator Tot with endless opportunities to shoot images destined to be cherished family heirlooms.
Back to the fundraising …”Bobby Twister” actually “bought the farm” so to speak, his ability to jump over a car was a big deal. He paid for his owner’s future just by being semi-cute. Bingo is way cuter. Tom knows that when I fall in love it is a forever thing…..Bingo could just be the lift ticket to our future ……
We had our digital Canons with us as we were riding in the pastures and I think this Mama Longhorn being used to seeing us snapping away, was saying to her baby “Look Honey, they are taking our picture again. Let me wash your face so you’ll look pretty”. Now, she sees me with my sketch book and pencils and comes closer to see if I might have a few cattle cubes in my pocket for my models. You bet I do….
This is egg tempera on paper