Sunday, July 01, 2007
The Plein Air Cow
These charming, friendly bovines were just adorable -- each with a face that really had such charm and curisosity about us. (I just LOVED their little "Pebbles" style topknots on the top of their heads!!!) They were fenced in and apparently we had arrived at their feeding time. So while they were curious about us being there, they were far more interested in lunch!
We quickly unpacked chairs and sketchpads and set to work. HA! Unlike barns and fields, these fickle fellows and ladies apparently didn't like our intense eye-study. They'd face us for a while, turn their backs, walk around, eat, move, graze, move, turn, move, move, move ...and drive me, the slowest sketcher, a tad daffy! BUT, I did manage a bit of a leg from Jenny, a bit of a tail from Harry, a stance from Sally, and a pile of straw that, thankfully, DID keep still, and took photos to try to put it all together once I got home and the PHOTO, thank heavens, kept still.
Coming away from this experience I continue to marvel at all I have before me to learn. Better drawing skills, QUICKER sketching skills, improving my memory, contour drawing, etc., etc., etc.!!
Nonetheless, the joy of painting plein air remains strong for me. The air, sunshine, fellowship of art friends, the DIRECT EXPERIENCE with one's subject (whether one's sketch is successful or not) is worth the time taken to experience and always, always, ALWAYS, to practice.
When the sun reached a bit after the lunch hour, we packed up our gear and headed for some superb gelato -- then back to Laura's to ooh, ahh, drool over, and plan-to-order a number of travel sketchbooks.
A good day -- even if Ms. Bess turned out to be not quite "all together" herself!