Saturday, July 31, 2010

Q & A with Carolyn Molder: Part 13

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What else may people like to know about you?

I live in rural western North Carolina with lots of old barn buildings which I love to photograph and paint. Whenever traveling, my husband always knows to slow down when I pick up my camera to get that special shot of the barn along side the road.

Picture credit: "Azalea Light", watercolor on paper, selected to hang in the office of David Ralston, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Georgia.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday's art themed website: CREATIVE PHOTO MAT IDEAS

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Today's art related website is Creative Mat ideas for your framing project. You don't have to rely on colored mat board to accent your cow art prints. Instead, this article details how to use wall paper, ribbon, and even pasta accent your piece of agricultural art. I even got a few good ideas to mat and frame some future projects.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Q & A with Carolyn Molder: Part 12

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What else do you do besides your art?

I have shown my golden retrievers in dog shows, agility, obedience trials and field events. This has helped me greatly in animal anatomy which has in turn helped with my art. I also teach dog obedience to pet owners.

Picture credit: "Clumber Spaniel Puppy", pastel on Wallis paper

Original picture and giclee prints are available. Contact Cow Art and More to purchase this piece.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cow art artist invited to participate in Berlin art exhibit

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Cow Art and More artist Robin Maria Pedrero has been invited to exhibit in the Orlando Berlin/Berlin Orlando Exhibit in 2011. The exhibit is curated by Robin Van Arsdol. Robin is bringing together twenty artists, 10 from the U.S. and 10 from Germany. The Berlin artists will make their way to Orlando, Florida, for an exhibit with the American artists at The Orlando Museum of Art on Feb 3, 2011. The Berlin artists will spend several weeks here with their American counterparts. Towards the end of May 2011, the Orlando artists will accompany the German artists back to Berlin for an exhibit and also stay for a few weeks. Some of the U.S. artists will travel with curator Robin Van Arsdol to the Venice Biennial.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Q & A with Carolyn Molder: Part 11

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What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

I think if someone really wants to paint, they need to seek a mentor and paint every day. If possible, it’s important to paint en plein aire (outdoors) to train your eye – I just can’t express how valuable that training is.

Picture credit: Carolyn painting at her easel

Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday's agriculture website of interest: GOURMET SLEUTH

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Ever wanted to try your hand at cheese making? The website the Gourmet Sleuth has several cheesemaking recipes. In addition to recipes for hard cheeses, such as cheddar, and soft cheeses, such as blue, it also lists recipes for yogurt and sour cream.

The goal of the Gourmet Sleuth is to help inform and educate people interested in food, cooking and eating. The company's staff writes culinary articles on various foods and cooking topics and publishes recipes that take a "how to" approach.

The site also has a store of "novelty" and hard to find kitchen items and products in addition to maintaining a huge database of food and beverage related sites. The Gourmet Sleuth staff also provides research on food and cooking product related questions for readers.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Q & A with Carolyn Molder: Part 10

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What would you like to do more of in the future?

I would like to do more farm scenes and animal paintings.

Picture credit: "Sunshine on Hay"

Click here to learn more about this farm landscape pastel drawing

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday's website of interest to art enthusiasts: SELECTING MATS FOR ART

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Today's article of interest to art enthusiasts is on different considerations for selecting mats for an art purchase. While a frame is important to a piece of art, mats are just as important for helping to complement the piece. This article goes over some basic considerations in selecting the right mat for a piece.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Q & A with Carolyn Molder: Part 9

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Do you ever have goof ups or work you don’t like?

Not every painting is a winner or a keeper. Oh yes, sometimes those animals just won’t cooperate! *smile* I just can’t get those eyes quite right. Over the years, I've had a stack of paintings that just didn’t turn out.

Picture credit: "Plowing the Field"

Click here to learn more about this Amish farm painting

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Artist wins award

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Pastel and oil painter, John Plishka, won an Honarable Mention Award at the New Jersey Equine Artists Association National juried exhibition. The award was won on his painting, "Valor in the Charge".

Picture credit: "Valor in Charge"

Contact Cow Art and More about purchasing this horse pastel drawing

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Q & A with Carolyn Molder: Part 8

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How long does it take you to get an average creation?

Usually it can take a week to get a watercolor painting where I want it but the pastel is much faster and I can sometimes complete in a day.

Picture credit: "Snow Run"

Click here to learn more about this horse watercolor painting

Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday's agriculture website of interest: CRYSTAL CATTLE BLOG

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Have a yearning to live the life of a cow girl but don't want to leave the comfort of your office chair? How about giving Crystal Young a follow on her Crystal Cattle blog. Crystal has a passion for agriculture, and wants to see farmers remain on the land, raising food for all of us. She also travels for work and provides commentary on her hectic life. She also blogs about her love for photography, video production, Kansas State University, turquoise jewelry, and current events in the livestock industry. She frequently travels between Alberta, Canada, Kansas, and Missouri.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Q & A with Carolyn Molder: Part 7

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How did you get interested in creating art of farm animals?

Although I never lived on a farm, I love to paint barns and farm land – the barns have so much character, and with each one something catches my eye that I have to put on paper. The scene is enhanced with farm animals. There is an 84 yr old farmer in our area that I love to talk to – I find him very interesting – he cuts and puts up a large amount of hay for himself and his families cows. His grandsons help him in the fields with the hay and he is always willing to leave a bale out so I can paint it.

Picture credit: "The Farm"

Click here to learn more about this farm landscape pastel drawing

Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday's art themed website: MAKE BEADED JEWELRY

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For anyone that has ever wanted to make your own jewelry, beaded jewelry is a great way to get started. The website All About Beading is a great resource to start leaning how to make your own jewelry. There are multiple projects that detail the materials and tools needed to make your own bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. It even gives step by step instructions, most with pictures or diagrams. A suggestion here as well: do you have a beading supply store close to you? Many of these stores will also provide help when you purchase your jewelry making supplies from them.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Q & A with Carolyn Molder: Part 6

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How do you decide what to paint?

In deciding what to paint, I’m usually enthusiastic about the scene or animals –sometimes it could be a breath-taking scene or expression of an animal. Something there just grabs my soul.

Picture credit: "Red Roof Barn"

Click here to learn more about this rustic barn pastel drawing

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Welcoming a new acrylic painter

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Cow Art and More welcomes acrylic painter Wendy Marquis to the gallery. Wendy enjoys painting the scenery of her local Montana countryside, which generally includes livestock, landscapes and antique trucks and tractors. Wendy also enjoys placing her art on alternatives surfaces, such as wooden trays, to allow her art to serve a functional purpose. See Wendy's new art in the Cow Art and More new products area.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Q & A with Carolyn Molder: Part 5

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Why do you paint?

Painting feeds and restores the creativity in me. There are times I have to put that creativity on paper and that generates more creativity.

Picture credit: "Billy Goat"

Click here to learn more about this Nubian goat pastel drawing

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday's agriculture website of interest: AGRICULTURAL INTERNSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

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Are you a student looking to gain some experience or help pay for school? The United States Department of Agriculture maintains a list of scholarships and internships for high school, college, and graduate students. Internship programs are geared toward combining academic studies with on-the-job training and experience. Scholarship programs are in place to support exemplar students with financial assistance. The site also has internship possibilities for veterinary students.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Q & A with Carolyn Molder: Part 4

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Where did you learn your technique?

I’ve taken numerous workshops with really talented and well known instructors. I’m enriched by each learning experience sometimes only taking one little idea. I can always bring home a new technique or way of doing something.

Picture credit: "Myers Cow"

Click here to learn more about this cow pastel drawing

Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday's art themed website: THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

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Can't make it to New York City any time soon? How about a virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 "to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction." Today, the museum maintains a vast collection of two and three dimensional art and welcomes over 5 million visitors a year.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Q & A with Carolyn Molder: Part 3

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Where do you get your inspiration?

My inspiration with an animal, its usually the expression. With other subjects, the inspiration is seeing the uniqueness and conveying the beauty I see to the canvas or paper.

Picture credit: "Corn Stubble"

Click here to learn more about this farm pastel drawing

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Q & A with Carolyn Molder: Part 2

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What is your technique?

I am a representational painter using pencil, pastel and watercolor. I do like detail especially in the subject or focal area. When working in pastels with animals, I like to capture the expression first – the eyes are so expressive so that is my starting point.

Picture credit: "Barn in the Field"

Click here to learn more about this barn pastel drawing

Monday, July 5, 2010

Monday's agriculture website of interest: ICE CREAM RECIPES

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*For those new to the Cow Art and More Blog, every Monday, gallery owner and jewelry artist Kathy Swift shares an agricultural website or article of interest with readers.*

Did you know that when Ronald Reagan was president, he designated July as National ice cream month?  To celebrate, I wanted to share with readers the Ice Cream recipes site.  It has a few basic recipes to get everyone started on making that perfect batch of homemade ice cream.  There is even a recipe on how to make a Baked Alaska.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

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As many are enjoying the birthday of the United States today, it is interesting to note that several of our founding fathers were also farmers.  Please enjoy some of their thoughts on farming as found on the Animal Agriculture Alliance facebook page.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Q & A with Carolyn Molder: Part 1

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How did you get started?

Since I was a little girl I’ve drawn. I can remember as a child drawing animals – guess that’s why they are so special to me. Until about 10 years ago, life got in the way of my art but I found a week long watercolor class at the John C Campbell Folk School. I knew I had to take that class and I’ve been painting ever since.

Picture credit: "Afternoon Shadows", pastel on paper

Click here to learn more about this barn pastel drawing

Friday, July 2, 2010

Friday's art themed article: Techniques for Lighting Artwork

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*For new readers to this blog, every Friday, blog writer and jewelry artist Kathy Swift shares an art-themed article with readers.*

Today's art themed article of interest explains how to use lights to display a painting. There are many considerations, including types of light and fixture styles. The article also details how to position the lights and gives some pointers for proper installation.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pastel artist featured for July

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Pastel artist Carolyn Molder is the featured this month on Cow Art and More. Carolyn has been painting in pastels and watercolors for almost a decade. A move to the mountains of North Carolina was the perfect fit for her artistic talents, allowing her to completely immerse herself in the peaceful surroundings. Most recently, Carolyn's painting, "Azalea Light", was selected to hang in the office of the newly elected Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Enjoy learning more about Carolyn and her art this month. She will answer a series of questions describing her inspiration and processes. Purchase any of Carolyn's art this month and receive free shipping.
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