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Friday, October 22, 2010

Name My Bovine (CONTEST), Ends November 14, 2010

Nameless
9x12 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg

This truly is a contest!!!  I need a name for this painting.  First, you must hear the story of this cow.  Actually he is a bull.  He has been painted a few times because he has a charming look about him, but looks are deceiving!  He kind of looks innocent in this painting, doesn't he? This is probably the interpretation of my brush.  Is he (she) saying something?  Is there an underlying attitude?  He is a troublemaker!  He is wild, unruly, rebellious, undisciplined, and stubborn.  He has leaped the fence more than a half-dozen times, and he is not happy with his home!  He is one of my sons adopted "exotics" as he likes to call them.  I thought about calling her "Flower" and my husband thought about calling him "Leaper".  Free spirit or not......this bovine has caused us all a lot of trouble.

Now, this is what you can do.......In the comment section of my blog tell me what you think his or her name should be.  As you can see he(she) is animated a bit.  Perhaps this will give you a creative spark.  

The PRIZE?  It will be a giclee canvas print of this painting.
The TIME FRAME?  I will let the comments come in until November 14.  My husband and I will judge which one best fits this guy (gal).  I will announce the winner on my blog on November 15.  The winner will have to allow me to contact them by email so that I can get their mailing address. Thanks for participating!  I think this will be great fun.  I trust that all entries will be made with a good, fun heart, and no inappropriate language or connotation will be posted.  Any inappropriate entries will not be published.

THANKS, Cheri.

Meadow

6x6 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
(SOLD)
The inspiration for this little painting came from my daughter-in-law who sent an image to me from her iphone.  She had been out feeding their cattle.  I have a difficult time painting landscapes on small canvases.  I am determined to do some plein air painting this fall.  Painting from life is always more invigorating and satisfying.  I am spoiled with still lifes because I can set them up in the setting of a comfortable studio and they are "still".  I will challenge myself this autumn to paint outdoors!
This painting may be purchased at:  Meadow

Friday, October 15, 2010

Last of Mom's Zinnias 2010

6x8 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
(SOLD)
When we made our trip to Oklahoma last we worked on my mother's lawn.  She has lovely flowers that she grooms faithfully spring, summer and fall.  In one corner she keeps  a bed of zinnias.  The plants themselves were beginning to appear straggly (if this is a word).  The last few blooms were still so brilliant and colorful I asked her if I could have them for a painting.  Of course she clipped them for me and I set them up in a blue and white vase that has a frogged cover.  A beautiful primary color scheme began to appear.  This painting can be purchased here: 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Turquoise Pitcher and Gourd VI

8x8 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
Gourds are still calling me to paint them.  I have this little turquoise pitcher that seems to scream at me every time I look at my still life items.  Depending on the light source and the other items that are reflected into it determines it's color.  It never ceases to fascinate me.  I haven't got to paint for over a week and I found myself doing this painting rather quickly....almost as if I was gorging food (laugh).  I like some of the attributes of the painting, but if I were to do it again.  I might hone a few things.  I like it though so I'm done with this one!  To buy this painting click here:  Turquoise Pitcher and Gourd IV

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Aspen Windows


Aspen Windows
18x24 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
(SOLD)

 This painting was created in my studio from a photograph taken in Glorieta, New Mexico.  I was drawn to this view because of the sections between the trees. They reminded me of windows.  I thought it very interesting how each natural window had its' own composition.  New Mexico is one of my favorite states.  I probably have as many photos taken in that state as all others I've traveled combined.  I use to want my husband and I to retire there, but as grandchildren began to enter the picture I began to rethink my desires.  From an artist's point of view every state of the United States of America has a certain beauty.  We are indeed a blessed people to live in such a great place in the world.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Pink Roses in Antique Vase

11x14 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
  I think there is a lot to be said of discovering the pleasure of something....learning can be a pleasure.  I experience several sensations when I'm thinking about what I want to paint.  First, what is it that interests me or inspires me?  Inspiration can come from curiosity, admiration, excitement, exploration, challenge, experimentation.....oh my, the list goes on.  Next, the decision making process brings intuitive sensations.  How will I present what interests me.   I plan, compose, decide what size of support I want to use and I begin thinking about the color palette and/or other designing principles.  Third, I proceed, express, and act out the plan.  Oh my, what pleasure there is to painting.  Words cannot express the pleasurable sensations in each step of the painting process.  What a gift we receive in the process!  This painting is one that I finished several years ago when I had a great desire to explore pink.  It can be purchased in my etsy shop by clicking: Pink Roses in Antique Vase

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