Saturday, March 30, 2013

Lucy...and other news

I Love Lucy
Oil 12" x 12"
Sold - Commission

I just mailed Lucy off to her home in North Carolina.  Lucy is a Miniature Black Angus.  I didn't know anything about Miniature Black Angus, so I googled it!  Interesting what you learn through painting.  Lucy's photo was hanging in my studio for several weeks and  during the painting process my husband and I became very attached to her and affectionately started calling the painting "Not For Dinner".   We couldn't imagine eating her!  She's so cute!  How could you commission a painting that would soon become dinner?  So, I emailed my husband's niece, whose family raises these, and asked her about this.  They use the females for breeding and the males for meat.  So, with a life expectancy of 12-25 years, Lucy will be a part of that family for years to come!

Other news....I have hardly posted this past month, because I haven't painted much this past month.  I recently had partial knee replacement.  I've had knee problems for decades and finally realized that it was time to fix this!  The last several weeks I've been recovering, going through at home physical therapy, laying around, watching netflix, hobbling around in a walker, taking naps...everything you do after knee surgery.  Painting and standing (or even sitting) in front of my easel just hasn't been possible.  I didn't have the physical or mental stamina.  Drugs take it out of you, and although I've been thinking that doing some abstract painting might be fun, I wasn't quite ready for drug induced abstract.  So, I'm on the mend, doing more each day, and am looking forward to painting again soon!


Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, great post! Beautiful painting! Your message explains one of the reasons I became a vegan. How can you eat such an adorable animal! Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Hope that you'll be backup to seped asap! Happy Easter, too!

CrimsonLeaves said...

You made me laugh with the "drug induced abstract" comment. So glad you are on the mend and since you are painting, I hope that means also feeling better. The little cow is so cute!! I've always thought cows are beautiful animals though...Their eyes just melt my heart.

hmuxo said...

You did a wonderful job on Lucy, Pam!
I'm glad you're feeling better...Knee
surgery takes awhile to recoup but you'll be better than new! My friend had the same surgery a few years back and we walk everyday ..and
she's a fast walker!!! Feel better..
and Happy Easter!!

Pam Holnback said...

Thank you Nancy. She is absolutely adorable! The calves must be even cuter!

Sherry, Thanks so much. Their eyes do make you melt when they look right at you.

Thanks so much Hilda. I am so looking forward to that better than ever day!

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Pam, your painting is delightful! Sorry to hear about your surgery but so pleased you are recovering well and taking time to heal and relax. Thinking of you. You'll be better than ever soon. Look forward to seeing a drug-influenced abstract if you decide to try it. :-)

Cathyann said...

Sorry about the knee Pam but glad you are able to mend! So trusting , the cow , huh?

Hope that your therapy gets you back to the studio...
will be out your way 3 times this year , hopefully I can catch up with you.
Happy Easter.

Pam Holnback said...

Debbi, thank you. May try the abstract, but from a normal perspective.

Thanks so much Cathyann. Let me know when you're out here, would be fun to get together again.

Kathy Collins said...

Welcome back! I've missed your posts. Hope your recovery goes quickly for you.

Amy Hillenbrand said...

She is adorable. She looks so soft and cuddly. Sorry that you have been out of commission, but I"m glad you took the step. I'm sure you will be happy you did.