Saturday, January 28, 2012

Garnet the January Cow

9x12 Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
Garnet is the name I decided for this Black Baldie cow.  I wanted to give her a personal name instead of cow #3, or #4 so I named her for my birthstone which is this month, January.  She is actually from a "cow" group picture I have.   I liked her because she was clean nosed and she seemed to be looking back at me as intently as I was her (smile).  She is described more thoroughly in my Etsy shop.  Just click here.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Walking the Lambs

6x8 Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
My two previous blog posts have featured lambs that our grandchildren are training for a Sheep Show this spring.  As I am posting this little painting the children are working hard walking their animals to improve their muscles and stature. After they walk and excercise them they will practice setting them up.  Setting them up involves bracing them so that their muscles will be displayed for the judge to feel.  This is not as easy as one would think.  Bracing animals that weigh more than you do is not the easiest thing to do.  Today they went to a sheep show to observe how other people do it....many of them older children and much larger and stronger than our little kids who are only 7 and 9 years old.  I admire their diligence and determination to be good showman.  I also simply love them. This painting is available as a custom painting by me on Etsy.

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Sheep Called Kevin, Pancake or Syrup

Original Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
I had a small problem in titling today's painting.   Our grandchildren have three sheep that they will be showing this spring in stockshows.  My problem?  All the sheep look alike!  Their names are:  Pancake, Syrup and Kevin.  I finally decided on Kevin for the title of this painting because both Pancake or Syrup seemed to  require the other's presence (laugh).  All three of these sheep with their heads raised are almost taller than our grandchildren; but, with perseverance and determination the children will manage to train them to be show animals.  It is a family effort and the parents are as dedicated as the children.  I'll keep you posted (smiles).  Kevin has a place in my Etsy store

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Lamb Named Charlotte

Original Oil Painting on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
Charlotte is a long haired sheep.  She is a bottle baby that was given to our grandchildren.  Those of you who have raised a bottle calf, lamb or any animal for that matter knows how attached you become to the infant animal that is dependent on your care.  Our grandchildren are in the process of practicing showmanship with their lambs and pigs for the spring stockshows.  Their little enterprise has grown from three show lambs to include three pigs, one bottle lamb (Charlotte) and two little goats.  Each afternoon they go down to the stalls to work or exercise them.  Before they get down to their serious business of working with the lambs, they let Charlotte out and they run and play with her.  It is such a sight to hear them giggle and run and see that little crazy lamb run after them like a little puppy!!!!  My next several paintings will be of some of their animals.  I have been inspired both creatively and with love far beyond any descriptive words (smiles).  You can find Charlotte in my Etsy store.


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