currently on display at the Arnprior Public Library Corridor.
This painting is a recreation of a moment that I, as a music lover, was lucky enough to share with Viking, the cow. When I was staying at my Dad’s back in 2000, I think it was, I often would bring my guitar out to the barnyard and sit on the upside down (winter) water tank and play.
I’d inevitably be joined by the “watertank gang” of cats, sitting up on the tank, on the playbook, and on me, if they could manage it. As the available space on the tank was taken up, the rest of the hayseeds 🙂 took up their chosen seats on the ground surrounding. Great crowd. What fun to sit out there with them in the sun and play and sing. They were most supportive, indeed.
One evening, Viking stopped, very close, and just stood, facing me intently, and listened to an entire song. When it was over, she paused a moment, before turning and heading down to the river for a drink. One of the best audiences any musician will ever have. So polite. It happened a little differently than the painting shows, if I recall correctly. As I recall she just looked and listened, I don’t think she did any chewing. Just one of the most interested, appreciative, and respectful individuals I’ve ever played for.
I painted this after hearing the local library was holding an event with a music theme and was seeking art to display.
I’ll be painting more of Viking’s “haystack gang” (those who are fans will note The Waltons’ references. 🙂 ) Many of the cats were named after the Waltons characters that year- Yancy, Delia, Corabeth, Jason, Jim-Bob, John-Boy, Zeb, etc., and one of the heifers was named Livvy, and a calf was named Ike. Guess who did the naming. 😉 Just a beautiful bunch I’m so blessed to have engaged with.
I’m still working on the custom card deck- Magicalaurie’s Custom Cow Cards. The entire deck will be of cows- each card featuring a bovine I’ve known and loved. I’ve got several started to various degrees, and a couple completely drawn. Finish those and I’ll have about 45 or so to go, if I want to include some bonus jokers. I’ll likely use this image of Viking, probably leave out the strap and get her nose in there. Refine a few things. Might keep that piece of hay in there, though, we’ll see. 🙂 I get a little intimidated by this project, all those cowlicks 😉 , but working on this has inspired my confidence and I enjoy the work, so lots more on the way…