Nothing brightens a winter day like finishing a painting of a flashy Longhorn heifer. The added bonus is how well her name, Chex My Girl, works as the title.
This handsome animal dwells at the Fey Longhorn Ranch, in the Willamette Valley.
Chex My Girl is an original watercolor, 29″ x 31″, and it will be included with my body of work for the Gorge Artist Open Studios Tour on April 20-22.
I plan to paint more cattle as the year progresses. Watch for future posts!
“Cornhusk Treat” received an award of distinction from juror, Paul Jackson, for the Fall Watercolor Society of Oregon show. It is included in a traveling show with the other nineteen award winning watercolors. For November and December, these paintings will hang at the Beaverton Library. The the exhibit will then travel to the Blue Mountain Community College (Pendleton) for January and most of February. The show’s final display will be at the Siuslaw Library (Florence) for the month of March. If these paintings come to your part of the state, try to stop by. It’s an excellent sampling of work by strong artists representing many regions of Oregon.
This week, I had the wonderful experience of visiting the Fey Longhorn ranch, located in Yamhill, Oregon. Daniel and Angelina Fey raise registered Texas Longhorns, and they graciously allowed me to photograph their handsome animals. These longhorns are richly colored and sport impressive horns, and they were very even-tempered. Even with calves at their sides, the cows allowed us fairly close, and were curious about us. It’s evident that these owners are a daily presence around their cattle. I feel like I have been gifted with a mother lode of painting possibilities. Thank you, Daniel and Angelina Fey!