Freedom, Independence, and Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July, or, Independence Day, whichever you prefer!  In honor of this wonderful holiday, I thought I would share with you the milk can that I painted late last summer titled ‘Freedom Can’.  This full sized milk can features Old Glory as the background, with an eagle on one side and a horse on the other, then is topped off with 7 stars. It is painted with latex house paint (even the antiqued effect on the top rim, handles, upper band and bottom) then protected with two coats of spar urethane.  I hope you all have a safe, happy and blessed 4th of July!

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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!