Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Moos

#30 ©St.Hilaire Nelson

I bike several times a week training for the upcoming triathlon season. When I ride I bring my iPhone and I always ride the Seminole Wekiva trail which passes a wonderful pasture area that is home to several cows and horses. As most of you know, I am not a fan of horses.... but the cows are another story. Cows are my muse. Or should I say, my "moos"

Curious, ©Doug Nelson

My husband is the pro photographer, which means that even with his iPhone, he gets better shots than I do! This cow was very curious of Doug's phone the day we stopped our bikes and I put him to work photographing future collage reference for me.

#31 ©St.Hilaire Nelson

The last cow I collaged from these reference shots Mary Moo sold in Asheville, NC. I'm headed to Asheville again this June and so I have been thinking about creating another cow for the occasion.

Mary Moo, ©St.Hilaire Nelson, SOLD

I am a big fan of the farm fence in the foreground. This is a composition that has become a theme for me and I will probably utilize it in future work for the Asheville, NC show.

Stay tuned for another cow in the near future. BUT for now, I am still plugging away at the Noah's Ark Series. I have two sets of "twosies" to go. I'm also going to be the featured artist at the Grand Bohemian Gallery the first friday of April for St. Augustine, FL's Art Walk. That's Easter weekend, so I might have to put some baby ducks into the mix.

Curious 2, ©Doug Nelson

If you have any farm reference photos you'd like to give me permission to paint,
send me an email!


  1. I love cows and I love your cows.

  2. Why do you dislike horses....i missed that somewhere. Cows are cool though and i like yours. Should get more into Texas, especially West Texas, because the smell of the cattleyard (manure) is always refered to as the "smell of money" is in the air.

    LFS liz

  3. I'm not sure why I dislike horses actually. Maybe because when I was a kid all girls had posters of horses in their bedrooms and I wanted to be different? I was a tomboy growing up. BUT now I think it has more to do with the nostrils being giant black holes that just seem to suck you in in any composition! LOL

  4. Will you bring some cow photos to share to the Leesburg workshop?

  5. Oh, that second shot is the one. You gotta love a nose that size!


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