"Rainy Days and Mondays" (a diptych) - mixed media on yupo, each 8" x 8". Inquiries. Available at the Olive Stack Gallery.
When I grow up, I might want to be a farmer.
Farmers have cows, dogs, automatic feeding stations, TRACTORS (ooooooooh what fun!) and stacks of wood to be reclaimed by roaming artists. They also have the most gorgeous views AND they are allowed to tromp through the mud.
Nothing is wasted. Thank goodness. Because the scrap heap was a joy for a prior artist who needed metal to weld, and the lumber pile was another Christmas morning for me! I am giddy with press (cabinet) doors and odd pieces of hardwood piled in the studio waiting to be painted.
I asked Bridget how much one of these calves weighed...take the Red Friesian (a highly desirable breed) on the right in the photos. Bridget is not a fan of the technical details, so answered me (tongue in cheek) with "4 pounds" The head farmer in charge cleared that up later (more like hundreds of pounds) but we had a great chuckle and "4 pounds" is now my answer for everything, including how many acres of land are on this incredible farm and how many layers of wool socks are needed for a farm hike.
There was coffee at the end, along with biscuits (cookies) and treats, including a Penguin candy which is my new favorite (move over, wine gums! I love these Penguins, too!) and the warm joy of a turf fire in the heating stove. We simply must visit a bog together this trip, dear reader!
Top it all off with a lift on a tractor, a hike up the paddock road and the opportunity to twirl in a field, and there you have the ingredients for a halcyon day. Sigh. Ireland - it's what dreams are made of.
11/30/2017 03:58:55 am
What an adventure! I just want to jump right in the photo!
11/30/2017 05:33:16 am
Carol! You must! Come along to Ireland and play with me! Truly a magical place. :)
11/30/2017 07:51:13 am
Looks like BIG fun.....what a land you describe.
11/30/2017 08:07:24 am
haaaaaaaa! I can't stop laughing! Love your description - it's funny, because it's TRUE!!!
11/30/2017 08:32:36 am
Wow Jen another great day had and shared. The word magic comes to mind with each post. Enjoy painting on the wood reclaimed from your excursion.
11/30/2017 09:10:41 am
The wood has been gesso'd and will be transformed over the next couple of weeks! So excited! And yes, magic. Every day here is magical. I thought it might be less so the second time around...but NO! Even more so, :)
12/1/2017 04:06:38 am
Four pounds of rainy days and Mondays! AND a lift on a tractor.
12/1/2017 04:27:45 am
oh gosh thanks, Dotty! I'll take four pounds of anything Irish right now. I'm like a lovesick puppy!
12/1/2017 05:07:01 am
One of the things I loved most about living in Europe was the clean food! No GMO’s, family farms, locally sourced, true organic food, just as nature intended it to be.
12/1/2017 06:31:47 am
oh gosh, Melissa, you are SO RIGHT! I can eat everything here without worry. This is how it should be everywhere!
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