Somedays I am overwhelmed with what I need to finish in a day. It seems I wake up with a list a mile long and it just gets longer. Today was a little bit like that. Luckily I got most of my stuff done. On my list was a client piece of artwork. I tell ya, I love being somewhat of a freelance artist.....more to the point I love being somewhat of an artist. Most of all I love that when someone asks me to do a painting, I know that they like my silly, wonky sense of what's perfect. This little guy, is perfect. Meet Yankee, he is a fainting goat and my newest muse.
His goat mom, Jill, saw a very wonky cow painting I did for a friend's show and loved it. She promptly requested I see her facebook page and paint a goat for her. As I flipped through her pictures at work one day I laughed out loud when I landed on his handsome mug. I knew I'd found the goat that I should paint. I finally got around to getting it done (after I promised to do it over the holiday weekend and forgot) and I am SO in love with the outcome. This is my version of the sweet mister Yankee.
I also laughed out loud at the Yankee I painted. I love this painting so much I wish I could keep it myself! I can only hope my kids will see my stuff one day and see that my silly folk art is not picture-perfect reproductions or realistic drawings of what is directly in front of me, but rather painting from the heart and that's what makes it wonderful. I sent Jill the picture and she and her husband agree, it has captured Yankee. Another happy client and one more thing marked off my list. It's a good way to end the day!
P.S. if you need a smile, hop on over to Jill's Facebook page and flip through the pictures of her darling little goats. They will make your day!