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(watercolor & acrylic illustration on paper, 8X10, 2004)
"The Dancing Cows"
I'm a fiercely passionate person. Granted, most of my passions are somewhat short-lived... Nonetheless, I always approach whatever it is I'm into (at the moment) head-on and full force. It seems absurd to be admitting to what I'm about to divulge to you, but years ago I felt really passionate about cows.
It happened right after I finished my first cow for the CowParade West Hartford. By then I haven't painted animals for a very long time. I used to create whimsical illustration of anthropomorphized animals a lot when I was a kid, but lost all interest in them as I grew up. However, after working on Moogie, the Moogic Cow, (that was the name of the bovine I was entrusted with painting), for over a month I got so enamored with cows that for some time thereafter all my artwork was related to cows. In a matter of fact, every single character that came from my paintbrush was a cow. I painted shopping cows, dentist cows, teacher cows, soldier cows, cows in love, and of course cows dancing the night away. After about a month I was all 'cowed-out'. I did end up painting ON a few more cows for the CowParade events, but I don't believe I've painted a cow on paper ever since. Perhaps, it's time...
"Scientists tell us that the fastest animal on earth, with a top speed of 120 feet per second, is a cow that has been dropped out of a helicopter."
"If happiness truly consisted in physical ease and freedom from care, then the happiest individual would not be either a man or a woman; it would be, I think, an American cow."
"Moo may represent an idea, but only the cow knows."
"I guess cows aren't into the four food groups, especially when they are two of them."