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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Beethoven

12x12 Oil on Canvas
by
Cheri Wollenberg
The story behind my Beethoven bovine (the second in my "Musician Bovine" series) is that as I was about to finish him I asked my husband what he thought of him.  He grinned....I knew that he was going to give me his honest opinion.  He said that usually when cows' ears are down it meant that they were sick or running a fever!  Oh well, as I have expressed before, I like to embellish and my comeback to him was that he was running up to my camera - which he was.  But I thought this is the best bovine to represent Beethoven.  Even with the handicap of deafness, he overcame and produced great music.  My Beethoven has ears that would remind folks that a handicap can be overcome with determination and a lot of encouragement from others. 

7 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

Lovely one, Cheri. And, the fact that he was running toward your camera meant he was "beating his hooves" hence Beethoven fits....(I know it's a long stretch but I hope it makes you laugh). Your husband sounds a bit like mine. I know I'll get an honest opinion from him, too.

Karla said...

I know he is a bull but he is a real beauty. Love the eyelashes! Very nice painting.

Carol DeMumbrum said...

What a sweet cow! I love his ear, it gives him such personality. Great name choice!! I can't wait to see the next.

Karen Bruson said...

Great expression. Love the dark background.

Ruth Andre said...

What a handsome Boy.

Robin J Mitchell said...

I love the cow and the name, it seems to fit. Great work
Regards - Robin

Pam said...

Your paintings blow me away. Love this guy with his ears down and he would be a great inspiration.

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