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Friday, November 10, 2017

Unhappy Cows

My mom used to sketch on calendars, envelopes and any piece of scrap paper.  She was never interested in painting, that I know of, but was always scribbling on something.  She was very good.  I've mentioned before that they always listened to the morning radio show on KOB in Albuquerque.  They had a variety show, sort of, and played mostly pop music.  She liked all music and would usually say, "Oh, that's my favorite song!"  She did not like Frank Sinatra and the disc jockey would play Old Blue Eye's songs pretty often.  She finally had it and wrote to the station to complain.  She illustrated her letter with a sketch of the cows crying and with their hooves over their ears, telling them that her happy cows cried when they played the awful Sinatra songs.  I don't remember their reply!

My sketch today reminded me of her sad cows, but in a different way.  I am used to sketching from life and do not care to sketch or paint from photos other than using them for reference.  On the Southwest forum on wetcanvas we sketch from photos for the monthly challenge.  Photos are posted and the artists can pick and choose, crop and sketch or paint and post them.  I usually get one done.

I picked a photo of a small herd of cows that were looking at a cow dog like, "Really, you are going to tell us what to do?"  The sketch wasn't too bad with the fine line Micron 005.  I decided to do the shading with a chisel pen to make it more dramatic.  I should have tested on a paper, didn't and then the ink was considerably darker and made the first fine lines look almost red.  It is in the big coffee table sketchbook.  So what the hey, I will post it here, too.

The very good photo was by Tuscanny and here is my Unhappy Cows.

I got a hand me down "new" iPhone6+ from Jennie for my birthday/Christmas gift.  This is the first photo from the phone.  I have also been taking photos of the sketches in the big book with my iPhone.  Pretty darn nice!


Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

i'm sure the sad cows gave the station a laugh at least :)

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, yep! She was probably added to the "kooks" list. Ha, ha.

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los Niños. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill


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