Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I work full time on a registered Angus farm called Herbster Angus Farms. My husband and I manage 200 momma cows. We also do a bit of team roping on the side when the cows are content.
Friday, November 27, 2009
As a nonprofit membership organization, it is devoted exclusively to the best interests of dealers and buyers of antiques and works of art, and to the encouragement of educational and cultural activities in the arts generally. Each dealer member must be well-established, with art objects of the highest quality. Each member subscribes to and strictly observes the league's code of ethics.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Along that line, I would also like to take a moment and thank Michelle Payn-Knoper (@mpaynknoper on twitter) for organizing agriculture folks on Tuesday nights for the #agchat and #foodchat conversations. She has provided a platform for people with varying agriculture backgrounds and interests to come together and converse and debate about agriculture topics. I urge all of you out there to vote for her as the Mashable twitter user of the year. She's up against several big name celebrities and needs our daily votes to help her win!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
- Work hard and practice.
- Find a niche market.
- Don't give up when you are rejected; art is subjective, and a champion of your work may be just around the corner.
- Try new techniques and talk to your peers in art whenever possible.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I'd like to work on a bigger scale and do more horse pieces in the future.
Picture credit: "Is He Lookin' Dad?", pencil on paper
Click here to learn more about this cow art show steer drawing
Monday, November 23, 2009
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serve important roles in ensuring food safety in the United States. All play an important part in contributing information to this site.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
How do you decide what to paint/draw?
I like to choose subjects that make my viewer think, "Wow, I know exactly what she's talking about." Most of my work centers on universal feelings that are felt by cattle producers and performance horse people.
Picture credit: Amanda enjoys showing heifer 856 at the parent showmanship contest at the Atchison County Fair.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Picture credit: "Waiting for Judging"
Click here to read more about Meg's latest photographic addition to Cow Art and More
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Everyday. Some art ideas are great and when you put them on paper they stink. I still have unfinished work in my studio that has been "put aside" for greener pastures, so-to-speak.
Picture credit: Amanda and her family enjoying some time on their ranch in Nebraska
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Picture credit: resin and sterling silver pendant hung on rubber neoprene cord
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Like I spoke of earlier, I had a great teacher in High School. He taught me the fundamentals of drawing. Upon entering college at the University of Missouri, I honed my skills by practice.
Picture credit: "One Man's Opinion", pencil drawing
Click here to learn more about this Angus steer drawing
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
- Gainesville Community Playhouse
4039 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, FL
- Gallery of Hair Design
5109 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, 52-373-0199
Picture credit: Valerie also has tote bags with her famous "May the MOO be with You!" design out just in time for the holidays.
Click here to go to Cow Art and More to purchase this item
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I'm inspired the environment around me. I am completely surrounded by cattle and horses. They are what I know and what I love, they inspire me everyday.
Picture credit: Amanda (white hat) enjoys some time practicing her calf roping skills while riding on a Quarterhorse.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
What is your technique? I use prismacolor colored pencils and graphite to created multi-layered pieces. The element of value, which is the difference between light and dark or shading, is what makes my artwork interesting. I use many, many shades of light and dark to make my drawings come alive.
Picture credit: "The Color of Money"
Go to Cow Art and More to learn more about this original cattle pencil drawing
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
How did you get started? As with most artists, I had a great teacher. In secondary school, I learned I had the necessary eye and determination to make good artwork.
Picture credit: "Brothers", pencil drawing
Click here to go to Cow Art and More to learn more about this beef cattle drawing
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
“I realize now what impact adult supporters had when I was also a youth involved with cattle. They gave their precious time and monetary support to provide the opportunity for me to grow as a leader in the dairy industry,” states Swift. “I am in a position now to help the next generation and am excited to be able to do so with my artistic abilities."
The charm is available for purchase in the jewelry section of the Cow Art and More catalog or by calling the toll free customer care number, 888-613-6019. Charms will also be available for purchase at the All American Jersey show and sale in Louisville, Kentucky, November 8 and 9.
Picture credit: sterling silver Jersey jug milk can charm
Click here to go to Cow Art and More to learn more about this piece of cow jewelry
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Why do you draw? In a nutshell, I draw because it presents a challenge to me. A new drawing is a chance for me to showcase the skills I have developed and uncover new ones that are emerging. Furthermore, I love to hear the emotional response that my drawings merit from my viewing public.
Picture credit: "Bred, Owned and Shown", original pencil drawing
Go to Cow Art and More to find out more about this drawing including an artist commentary
Monday, November 2, 2009
The Center for Food Integrity was established in 2007 to increase consumer trust and confidence in the contemporary U.S. food system. The primary mission of the organization is to promote dialogue, model best practices, address issues that are important to consumers, and serve as a resource for accurate, balanced information about the U.S. food system.
The center is a non-profit entity and does not lobby or advocate individual food companies or brands. The group's member organizations represent each segment of the food chain, including farmers and ranchers, processors, and companies that deliver food products under local, regional and global brand names, and government.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Amanda's art has free shipping for the entire month.