Monday, May 19, 2014

Why I Should Be a Vegetarian

Sun and Shade is a 12x16 oil done in plein air by Shirley Fachilla.

I think cows, bovines, cattle (whatever the proper term might be) are one of the most appealing animals on the planet. They move with a kind of grace that is just a bit awkward like human teenagers at the gangly stage. And they socialize together for snacks and naps sort of like kindergarteners. They look out at the world with their big long-lashed eyes, taking in everything with a mixture of curiosity and innocence.
These attributes make them wonderful subjects for paintings as well as the fact that they often stay still for rather long periods of time as did these belted bovines who posed so nicely for me one glorious sunny day.

Yes, I definitely should be a vegetarian.  


  1. Bonjour,

    Oui c'est fou comme l'attraction de ces charmantes vaches peut être attachante !...
    Lorsque je me promène avec Icarus, mon dalmatien, dans la campagne nous rencontrons beaucoup de vaches qui paissent ou font la sieste dans les prés et je ne peux pas m'empêcher de les photographier.
    Bravo pour cette très jolie peinture remplie de quiétude et de lumière.

    Gros bisous ♡

  2. After reading this post I'd like to become a vegetarian as well! Beautiful animals and amazing painting... love those greens!

  3. What a lovely scene, Shirley, and those wonderful greens are stunning! You're right about cows - they always seems pretty laid back and mellow, and I can't resist those big brown eyes.

  4. Love the lighting in this Shirley, great work in the shadow areas.

  5. Love the greens so much in this piece Shirley!!!
    The cows are so very gentile! Bravo!
    Great work!


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