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Sad cow

Jan11_IC_Cow#1

Sad Cow. Watercolor, pen, gesso and charcoal. 15 x 21 cm

Sad cow

Why does she look sad? It felt like an accidental thing, but it did suit the moment. So I haven’t tried to loose that effect. I finished it the day we took the x-mas tree down and stored the baubles and lights in the attic again. Such a pity to have to miss the extra light in the room. I still like having the tree in the room every year, even though I am not a christian (or rather a lapsed one). Putting up the tree for me is more about the season where I hope for the returning light and think about what’s to come in the next year. It’s also a moment to remember the past, how we used to do it at home

I inherited many of the baubles from my mum – and I love how we’ve added a weird mix of embellishments to an already mixed set. There are also animals made by me and my son in it. In this way it’s become part of our own tradition. We have this silly practice of hiding some of the baubles in the tree. When my partner and I bought new ones a long time ago, we also bought ones that the other didn’t like much. We were allowed one that the other person hates. And now it’s the challenge to make the hated bauble be out of sight. I bought a hideous lion bauble – at least that’s what my partner thinks. And it was hiding at the back of the tree. We also bought baubles with a weird pattern on it. I don’t mind them so much anymore, but I won’t be one to hang them in the tree. Every year we have a good laugh about it. When I see the lion, I always have to smile. It’s my lion. Come to think of it, I should have allowed my son to buy a hideous bauble too. Well, he’ll have to wait till next year.

Painting and wrecking a piece

Some pieces look like nothing for a long time but after layering several colors on top of one another suddenly there’s a quiet charm. I started this from almost nothing. It had this moment I suddenly liked it.

But I’m afraid it’s part wrecked by now. I finished it, put fixative on it in the garden and left it to dry. The moment I looked out the window in the kitchen I noticed the black clouds – and in the garden the first drops fell. I ran but the picture was already wet. I think I’ve saved it in time, but there are weird spots in the fixative layer.

So maybe that’s why she looked so sad? πŸ™‚

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5 comments on “Sad cow

  1. I think it’s beautiful! I kind of like the sad and pensive look. Lots of emotion here. This turned out great!

  2. kathiwerner
    January 13, 2016

    Wonderful sad look. Maybe she by accident broke her favourite bauble? πŸ™‚

    • corinnebekker
      January 13, 2016

      Haha. Could be, could be. Thanks for showing up and for your thinking along with me.

  3. Carol Edan
    January 22, 2016

    I agree with Charlie, she is deep in thoughts!!!!

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