Sunday, February 28, 2010
Today I'm posting a link to a video by my twitter friend, Barbara Martin (@dairygoddess), who managed to get a great video of their dairy farm veterinarian doing an abdominal surgery on one of their cows. The surgery he is doing is to correct a displaced (in the wrong spot) abomasum (last compartment of the cow's stomach). This is a "common" surgery and I personally have done probably over 500 in my career. While it's not me in the video, it certainly represents what I do. (Just imagine someone shorter, longer hair, and no accent doing the surgery -- wink)
This video is from her blog post "Veterinarians Take Great Care of Our Cows on Our Dairy Farm."
Saturday, February 27, 2010
For work? Lots!
I produce and host an instructional television series called "Give Your Walls Some Soul". (Think Bob Ross meets Emeril) It's in about 10 million cable households across the country.
I'm also in pre-production for a new television show where I find people who don't realize they are creative and teach them to go for it!
I write and sing my own music. I'm working on a CD and expect to complete it this year.
I'm working on a new novel, inspired by my own paintings.
And a few years back I wrote a picture book, Monkey Made of Sockies. The main character has now been licensed in to a line of golf club headcovers that are sold globally. We are giving a percentage of the profits to help kids with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
I love to go for walks/hikes in nature. I love to read just for pleasure.
Picture credit: "Happy Cows ver. 4"
Click here to see this image on greeting cards or a ceramic mug
Thursday, February 25, 2010
What advice to you have for aspiring painters?
I think it was Julia Cameron who said it best.."Dreams don't die, people do." It's so important to make time to go for it. Don't let life get in they way. My creative time is sacred.
Picture credit: "Happy Cows ver. 1"
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I'm laughing... I sure do. Sometimes I paint over them and sometimes they go in the John Smith collection. (Our local landfill.)
Photo credit: "Marie", oil on canvas
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
More cows, rodeo action scenes and some plein-air pastoral landscapes. And I LOVE commissioned work. They take me places I might not visit.
Picture credit: "Van", oil on canvas
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
About a month, since I'm working on more than one at a time. Having that many in progress keeps up my productivity. I'm always in the mood for one of them.
Photo credit: "Vern", oil on canvas
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I learned color seeing through my long time mentor/teacher Michael Linstrom and artist friend Janet Vanerhoof but I developed the layering on my own. I learned so much from them both but I really do not paint like anybody.
Picture credit: "Happy Trails", oil on canvas
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Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
If you are interested in purchasing Meg's print, please contact Eric Keller at the gallery: 505-310-SOUL (7685) or through their website, www.soulcatcherstudio.com
Picture credit: "Sleeping with the Stars"
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I paint in oil on canvas. I build and sculpt the art through many layers of glazing and scumbling.
Picture credit: "Red Ahead"
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Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
From happy people, nature, reflective surfaces, vibrant color, music, and other creative people.
Picture credit: "Jorge", oil on canvas
Click here to learn more about this beef bull painting
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
As a child, music was a part of my daily life but not art. Oh I painted a little but in high school but never took an official art class. As a teenager, I'd climb up in our loft and disappear for hours. However, once I entered college, I stopped creating and didn't do anything officially creative again until I was 32.
( I chose a practical major, transportation/business and ended up dropping out as a senior. Sometimes the most logical choices are not the best choices! )
I took my first painting class at 32 and knew right then I was supposed to be an artist. I'd get up every day at 3am and paint before work. (After work was too stressful.)
Finally, after 5 years of doing this, I was able to leave my day job and become a full time artist.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Why do you paint?
I must. It's a primal drive for me. I feel the same way about music. There is so much inside that needs to come out. It's like being really excited about something and wanting to share it with everyone.
Picture credit: "The Roping Lesson", oil on canvas
Click here to learn more about this rodeo art painting
Saturday, February 6, 2010
How do you decide what to paint/draw?
It simply must make me feel good. I have several paintings going at once in the studio and I choose the one that speaks to me each morning. When I don't listen, I usually make a mess of things.
Picture credit: "An American Girl", oil on canvas
Click here to learn more about this cowgirl oil painting
Friday, February 5, 2010
Since February is a bad weather month for the majority of the country, I realize there are unexpected snow days. It can get a little crazy with everyone staying inside! Today's website to share is the All Free Crafts website. The site has a huge range of projects from seasonal items, to homemade gifts, to projects for different age groups. Many of them can be done with simple household materials. Enjoy the fun!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I've always loved cows. They are a wonderful combination of sweetness and the formidable.
Once I moved to Hollister, western art was a natural progression. Rodeo is such a big part of life here. (I am not a cowgirl. I'm a suburb girl, but I so respect their way of life.)
Our San Benito County Saddle Horse Association has been kind enough to grant me access to some choice spots during the Rodeo in order to get great action photos. My favorite spot was the bull chutes. It was very exciting back there!
Picture credit: "Bull chute", oil on canvas
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Click here to watch the video on How to Add Charms to a Charm Bracelet. The video is also available on the Cow Art and More art resources page on the same topic.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Shannon's work will be featured all month in the Cow Art and More specials section. Her work has free shipping for the entire month of February.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Today's agriculture website of interest comes from watching the recent political firestorms. I thought it would be good for those involved with agriculture to have a resource on agriculture policy on multiple topics. Today's site is the Domestic Agricultural Policy issues site, maintained by the Economic Research Service. The Economic Research Service is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With over 350 employees, ERS conducts a research program to inform public and private decision making on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources, and rural development.
The Domestic Agricultural Policy site seeks to perform research in creating a competitive agricultural system, a safe food supply, a healthy, well-nourished population, harmony between agriculture and the environment, and an enhanced quality of life for rural Americans.