Monday, February 11, 2013

Devon Cattle Painting Rare Breed

 Near the Old Barn

This painting has been juried into the upcoming art exhibition 
"26th Annual International Exhibition on Animals in Art" that will run from March 23rd - April 21st, 2013, at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, in Baton Rouge, LA.  This painting is done on a 12" x 24" stretched canvas.   It is of a rare breed of Devon cattle.  This breed of livestock was said to arrive in North American in 1623 in Plymouth colony.  "Back then, the Devon was favored for its hardy foraging ability in uncertain grass conditions; their rich milking ability favored the sustenance of both calf and the pioneer family, and their docility and strength adapted them for use as oxen."   The subject for this painting is an oxen at the Garfield Farm Museum, in rural LaFox, IL near St. Charles.  The scene is from my imagination of a peaceful summer day under the big blue Midwestern sky!  


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