A client of mine asked if I could paint something on this old cream can she had picked up somewhere. A cream can is different from a milk can in that it is much smaller, this one just 10″ high x 7″ across. It was used for storing the cream that settles to the top of raw milk (aka non-homogenized, unlike milk purchased at a regular grocery store) as the cream was a bit thicker and sweeter than the milk itself and some folks like to use the cream separately. I was very interested in the challenge. She really didn’t have anything in mind, but she did like the pieces I had done with the fox hunters. I thought about it off and on while working on some others pieces, and I finally decided that a cream can needed, well, a farm scene on it. I cleaned it up and discovered the eagle and stars appear to be decals, so it is probably a later version of cream can.
I was not sure exactly what to do with the lid, but in my mind I could see the endless sky in a dome affect. I wanted a similar style to the fox hunters, but needed to have more of a farm scene, so, using latex house paint, I painted dairy and beef cattle, with the fences, stream, house and barns, silo and corn crib.
I decided to put sheep in the distance near the house. This piece does not have a single horse on it! My client hasn’t seen it yet, so I am anxious to see what she thinks!