I always considered cows a bit of a mystery in the farm animal world. They knew when it was time for milking, and some walked right up to the gate (and even into the dairy), but on other occasions they would stare blankly at an open gate and seem to prefer to push through a fence. They didn't come when they were called or you offered a sprig of green grass. Just like in one of my favourite childhood books Chocky by John Wyndham - cows just 'stopped' - not physically so much but just stopped thinking. Or perhaps we people just never found the connection language to converse with them as we did with other animals.
I still look in every paddock where there are dairy cattle, and long one day to be able to paint them. I took tonnes of photos last Christmas when Mum asked me what I really wanted to do that day, and I said I'd love to take some cow photos somewhere where they are close to the road (so no permission required to go on private land). Mum was suprised but took me straight to a herd she knew about and I clicked to my hearts content. It was a very mixed herd; Guernsey and Jersey as well as Friesian but I didn't mind. I just find dairy cows beautiful in some way.
So when the 'country' theme came up with my all time favourite painting 'Spring Frost' by Gruner, I had to do a scrapbooking page featuring one of the photos I took at Christmas!
|It's a Cow Thing 2016 July - ARTastic - digi layout|
|ARTastic July inspiration|
DigiChick Kimeric Kollections Sisters - patterned papers no 16 (floral)
Far Far Hills Freebies Kit Clock & Gears 001
Tracy Reed Bad Sewing Machine 18 set 2 black
Cilenia Curtis CP8 Tab & Tags no 9 and no 12 | Talula Moon Designs Sunset - Staple Strip 002
Aliya Because of You El6a (fluffy seed head)
Angie Young Get Craft Collage Sheet 36
Rachael’s Antique & Vintage Buttons set 2 no 25
MSweet Boutique - Christmas Silhouette horse clip art no 16
Laitha’s Designs Nocturn Whispers Elements e16 (straw thatch), e15 (branch circle)
Cilenia Curtis Fly With Me e-Frame1 (journaling frame), 4x6paper no 6
Far Far Hills Freebies Kit Photo Frames 004
Far Far Hills Freebies Kit Light Wood with Grain 004
Hand Stitched bees (mine)
L Grier Disaster Space 1 - paintstrokes