Farm Theme Paintings
There is a beauty in farm lands similar to seascapes in that there is an abundance of free uncluttered open space. No signs, no advertisements in your face, no honking, loud music or sirens. I believe this peaceful mind resting ambiance simply must be a part of good mental health.
Farm animals like cows and sheep seem to enjoy it too. I especially find them funny with their rolly-polly bodies and "Far Side" expressions. Because of this I often paint the humorous side of farm life with an animated style using fun, bright colors.
Description & Pricing
Original acrylic paintings on gallery wrapped canvas $ as marked
giclee on 28x38 gallery wrapped canvas $439 (enhanced with acrylic)
giclee on 16x20 gallery wrapped canvas $195 (enhanced with acrylic)
limited edition giclee on paper, 16x20 double acid-free mat $99
Original acrylic on canvas paintings are made with the best artist grade, light fast pigments available and can be hung in brightly lit areas. The painting extends over to finish the edges so framing is optional. My 30 x 40" originals weigh a mere 2 1/2lb (less than a cup of coffee) so hanging is simple and easy using conventional picture hooks.
Please note that as some of the image is on the edge, the face dimensions are reduced accordingly. 30x40” = 28x38” and 18x22” = 16x20”
Original paintings always look more impressive in real life than on the internet. Your satisfaction is important to me. If you are not completely happy with your purchase, I will naturally refund 100% of your sale.
Acrylic giclée prints on canvas look very similar to original paintings and are the best type of reproductions available today. They have a waterproof acrylic finish and a special mirrored edge treatment that simulates the painted edge of the original works so are ready to hang as is.
Giclees on paper are supplied with a double acid free mat and foam backing board. All you need is a common 16x20" frame.
Mat options are:
silver gray with dark blue inner mat - nice traditional look. A mid to dark colored frame looks best
dark blue on dark blue - dramatic and bold look, very powerful. Best with a light colored metal or wood frame.
white on white - traditional gallery choice, classy and elegant. Goes with all decors. Best with a mid to medium dark frame.
While painting on location at the BC Ferries Market near Victoria, a neighboring vendor suggested I do a garden path. I said OK and immediately started on a new painting. Soon it started to look like the beginnings of a park. Another vendor came by and jokingly said "Hey, where are the cows?"
I said OK and quickly sketched a cow on a separate piece of paper then placed it around the painting to see where it might go. When it landed on the water someone laughed. "It looks like she's on an air mattress!" I liked the idea so down it went complete with a bright red mattress.
Soon everyone was having fun putting in their 2 cents worth, even the customers. Should have someone reading... you need a hay wagon...
There is now a park artist who is painting a stick figue of a human and 2 calves hiding in the hay!
Wheat pools have been an historic part of the prairies in Canada and the United States. At one time thousands of grain elevators dotted the landscapes and played a crucial roll in the farming communities. Linked by railways and roads, they made shipping millions of tons of grain economical and efficient.
Modern technologies and consolidations are quickly making these fine structures obsolete. In only a few short years wheat pools have almost been almost wiped out!
A few innovative small town communities have embraced the old buildings and have turned them into small shopping areas and restaurants.
Alberta Wheat Pool helps honor and preserve this valuable part of our heritage.
I had so much fun painting "Cows Day Off" I had to do this one! Before I could even pick up my paintbrush folks were already offering enthusiastic suggestions. How about a jogger? How about a photographer using an old fashioned hooded camera? With ears poking out. Hot dog vendor - no, make that a veggie dog! ... and so it went! I kept saying yes to all the great ideas!
I let a little girl sit on my seat while I painted the two romantics in the canoe. When I sketched an umbrella into the middle of the boat she said "why not let the lady hold it?" Hey, I like that and redid the umbrella.
I like to do this style of painting in public as it is always fun to have everyone "participate" in it's creation. Hey, you should put a cow doing... Oh, you've got to have a ... This painting originally was going to have cows. Before I barely got started one of my neighbours who used to manage a golf course said they have to be sheep - golf was invented in Scotland!
Off it went on a Scottish theme. Some sheep are in kilts and the ones on the foreground green are sipping Chivas Regal. That cost me a few bucks as I had to go and buy a bottle of the good scotch to see what it looks like!!! A black sheep has just bonked some golfers in the distance while the course marshal sleeps away the day.
No one says good morning with more enthusiasm than a rooster! Always happy to welcome in the day especially when the weather is warm and inviting.
This cheerful virtuoso makes you smile and join in!
One of most rewarding elements for me as an artist, is the infinite range of subject ideas I get from my clients. "Everybody Sing!" a fun rooster painting I did was inspired that way. Alas the owner of the rooster suggested he was lonely and a mate might be nice.
The rooster's singing ability doesn't match his ego, and his girlfriend has had more than enough!
This farm scene is done with my interpretive style using fine black outlines. It has amazing color with rusts and golds against the cobalt blue pond.
This is a real oak tree on Mt. Newton Cross Roads just as spring is approaching. It's crazy twisted branches seem to go every which way but interestingly the tiny tips at the end of every branch where the new leaves form all turn up to meet the sun!
Part of a new series of fun cow paintings, Day At The Beach was inspired by the Sea Wall in Vancouver BC. There's all sorts of things going on that beach goers can relate - a jogger with an ipod, a skate boarder, a little calf with their kite stuck in a tree! On the beach 2 bright red cows have over done their stay. A very sexy cow with heart shaped spots draws the admiration of an old bull, but his wife has a different opinion...
An old clunky Ford, symbol of hard work and toil makes an interesting contrast to the rolly polly care-free sheep. Hard to see in this internet sample, but a little guy has found a perfect place to play in the hay wagon.
Sheep are funny, fluffy and round. All the things we love as kids, no matter how old we are!
I've been painting fun farm scenes for quite a while but this (by popular request) is the first vertical format painting.The 3 sheeps in the foreground have been enjoying a long lazy day in the sun and are ready for their nap.
What a life!!!
Cows do their own thing... which I think isn't very much! They pretty much eat and sleep and meander lazily. If it weren't for the fences, they would roam the earth aimlessly!
Farmers attach big clangy cow bells like the one in the painting to them to help find them.