Cows, farm scene on old cream can

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Old cream can, original condition

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.

 

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Part of the farm scene on old 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.

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Rest of farm scene on old cream can

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!

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More Geraniums & Ivy

First of all, I am way behind on posts!  Busy but good summer, lot of humidity but up until today, we have been way below normal temps.  Like I said, until today.  We are definitely making up for it.  Now to get off the rabbit trail.

My client that I did the old door for was extremely pleased, and had also dropped off a large metal tub with a lid.  Someone called it an old double boiler, (if you know what it is, I would love to have you post it in the comments!), and it was beat up enough that the lid would just barely sit there, then if you bumped the tub it would fall in.

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Good side of old metal tub

There were also a few rust spots, some that were pretty stubborn in the bottom.  I cleaned it up and bumped out the dents and actually got the lid where it sits pretty well.  We weren’t really sure what we wanted to do with it, when my client asked if I could put the geraniums and ivy on this piece too.  Once the bonding primer was on, I set to work painting it with latex house paint.

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Geranium & Ivy tub

For the handles, lip, and inside of the tub and lid I painted it to look like old metal, maybe a weathered copper or old bronze look.  To complete the work I finished the insides and handles with a couple of coats of spar urethane to help protect against possible scratches, although care should still be taken with it.

 

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View of inside of lid
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Detail of Geranium & Ivy tub

I was rather pleased with the project as was my client.  Now on to the next project!  Look for the pastel portrait of a tabby cat I am finishing.  I think you will like it!  Happy painting!

 

 

Cutouts, the latest project

This has been a very interesting summer thus far.  I normally paint in pastels, watercolors, and acrylics in the studio in the house.  I also do a few murals and other things.  However, when one of my clients commissioned me to paint the horse troughs, I began a studio in the barn as well.  When we built the barn about 8 years ago, that was one of my “someday” goals, to have a real studio there.  I dreamed it would be in the west end of the expansive hay loft, complete with heat and air and a small water closet on the lower level.

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Art studio in the aisle of the barn with the finished horse troughs

Upon finishing the troughs, my client asked if I could possibly paint some wooden cutouts she had of hunt figures.  I said I would see what I could do.

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Wooden cutouts awaiting paint (fox has primer coat)

She brought them out and I spent the next month painting life sized cutouts of Masters of the Hounds,  fox hounds, and foxes.  It is interesting to work on these as you have to use the shape that has been formed for you.  Once I got going though, I was quite pleased with how they turned out.

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Masters of the Hounds partially complete
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A completed Master of the Hounds ready for shipping

 

I painted them with latex house paint, using only about 8-10 base colors from which I mix the myriad of other colors needed.  Once complete, I coat them with polyurethane.  Each figure had two bases which also needed paint and coating upon which they will stand upright.

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Fox hound with the bases attached. I painted the bottom of the figures and the bases to look like grass.

This week I delivered 2 foxes, 6 Masters of the Hounds, and 9 Fox Hounds to my client.   She was delighted.  Now I have 8 more foxes to do, plus I am looking into some more horse troughs!   Looks like the animals might have to move out!

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The artist with 3 of the fox hound cutouts ready to ship. They are on one of the two easels my husband built on either side of the aisle with the paint tables in the center of the aisle.

 

 

Almost finished

I am almost finished with my catalog for greeting cards.  It is turning out quite nice, but the technology that is suppose to be helping me get this project done is also getting in the way! 

I am not sure why this is, but the program that the camera uses has two different areas that contain albums of photos.  Not all of the photos appear in both areas, and the albums are not all the same either.  I have one more page to print, which needs one last photo to complete it.  However, the sd card with the photo I had just taken did not want to work in the slot in the front of the computer.  Then I connected the camera cord to work off the camera directly.  This also did not want to work the way I thought it should have.  Instead of downloading the photo into an album, I wanted to place it directly on the page from the camera.  Apparently that is not the way to do this.  One of my problems is I think it should work one way, but it only works another.  So frustrating! 

I am sure that the fact that I am not computer literate helps.  I have done quite a bit for not really knowing what I am doing.  The only computer class I have ever had is a 2 hour Photoshop class that only explained how to organize your photos in Photoshop.  Everything else has been trial and error, with quite a bit of the latter in my experience.  It is one of those things I love to hate or hate to love, I am not sure which.  When it works, it works really good.  When it doesn’t, it really makes one wonder.  Oh well, there is always tomorrow. 

I am so close on completing this catalog.  I need to get it done tomorrow for a client to pick up.  I guess I will get some sleep then try again in the morning….