Out of a BLM holding pen.
Well trained and given a chance.
Lucky wild horse not free
at least safe.
If you like the animals of the Considering Animal website and would like to get your own Farm (or Fur) Family portrait painted, please contact me .
There are two sizes offered - 2' x 3’ and 3' x 5'. Up to 6 animals without an extra charge. Please email good front-on photos of all animals you wish to have painted. The more photos you send of each animal the better I can render them. Do not expect realistic representation...that's not the kind of art I do. As I like to say, “It's not high art, it's just my art.” Tell me something about the character of each of the animals you want me to paint. This will help me get a sense of them and help me represent them in the painting.
The special thing about a Farm Family portrait is all your favorite animals don't have to have been alive at the same time for me to put them in a painting together. Imagine all your well loved fur family members together in the same painting!
Prices are $450 for 2'X3' and $600 for a 3'X5'. Additional animals are $30 each
All paintings done on high quality stretched linen canvas.
Shipping and packing is not included in the price and will be extra.
I can't get too many done by Christmas so contact me soon if it's a Christmas gift your thinking of.
Growing up in Vermont we had three Scottish blackface sheep. I remember them entertaining us with their shows. They could make the whole family burst into laughter with their antics. Our dinning room faced out into their pasture. In the evening while we were all eating diner together, they would come around in front of the windows and start playing and jumping around, butting each other and bouncing down the hill in front of the windows. They looked like mogul skiers as they bounced down the long hill on stiff legs, zigzagging this way and that as they went. It was ridiculous and so entertaining.They also used to do high jumps one after another off the cellar bulkhead, like they were taking turns trying to out do the others' jumps. The Blackface Bunch is a fond family memory.
Greetings. The art show we had in my barn on July 23rd was a big success. Twenty eight of my paintings sold and we made over $1500 dollars for BLM mustangs. Here are a few of the paintings that sold. Thanks to everyone that came out. For a few more pictures of the paintings that are off to new homes and to read about the future for Monday's Beast click here.
Please send me an email or fill out the contact form for time and place.
Non-human family members bring many of us comfort and pleasure. I have wonderful memories of taking care of my Blue Sky farm family.
Happy Summer to all. The Bestiaryist is on a summer break and in the mood to clear out some inventory. So, we are about to have a big cheap animal art sale. The money will go to help BLM Mustangs. Keep a watch for the time and place of the sale. We will post it here and on our Considering Animals Facebook page. It is likely to be in July 2017 so keep watch. If you want an email to let you know when it will be please send me one.
Sunday, June 4th 2017
Have just returned home to Essex from a long trip. There is a killdeer nesting in the stones on my patio. Because I have a good pair of brand new binoculars, when she is off the nest, I can see that she has four eggs. I try not to disturb her too much. She gets up and moves off when I come out on to the porch, then she sneaks and creeps back in quick little steps interrupted by suspicious halts and backwards jerks of her head. Snookie my dog wants to sit on the porch. I let him because this is his home and he's always been allowed to sit there. The bird will have to habituate to us if this is going to work out for everyone.
Lost Lucky by Nora, age 8
I picked Lucky because he survived 10 days below zero degrees. He also survived half-buried in snow, so that makes him a tough puppy!
Sahara, by Ari, age 7
Sahara and Alexa are friends. Sahara is a cheetah, Alexa is a dog. They live in a zoo. They play together. They go to school together to teach about protecting cheetahs in the wild. I would think a cheetah would have a friend that is wild, but she became friends with a dog because they spent time going to school together.
Baby Orangutan and Baby Tiger by Emmy, age 8
These animals were best friends. When they were babies they didn’t know they were supposed to be enemies. I chose to paint them because they are super cute.
Lucky's Broken Paw by Aliyana, age 8
A cute puppy named Lucky, scared and stranded, lasted 10 days outside in 10 degrees below zero. He was half buried in snow when a worker found him covered in cold, freezing snow. He brought the dog to the vet and then adopted him. I like the dog because he's cute and looks like a really good animal to take care. I can't believe how he lasted 10 days below zero. He was such a brave dog and he was only a puppy!
The ordinary animals we know often touch us more fundamentally than the extraordinary ones we read about. This was clear to me this week in the Lilja students' work. Two children chose to write about ordinary family pets.
The Lilja students are a group of 1st and 2nd graders from the Natick Lilja Elementary School. A few months back I visited with them in their classroom. For the past few weeks I've been posting their artworks and stories on Monday's Beast.
More great stories and paintings from the Lilja students today and a post about a smart heron named Hank.
At a pond on a golf course in Hawaii, a black crowned night heron watches bread floating on the water. He watches intently. Then with a motion so fast it is almost imperceptible, he lunges at the bread. Bingo! Down his gullet goes a duped fish. The fish, not suspecting the set-up, had risen to eat the bread. The heron then picks another scrap of bread from the bank and places it on the water. Again he watches the bread intently for an underwater nibble. Bang! He scores another fish.
Again I am joined by first and second graders at the Lilja Elementary School, in bringing you paintings and tales of real individual animals. The tale I bring you this week is of an enduring bond between two storks. The kids bring you an array of stories and some exquisite paintings. Enjoy them.
I like to tell the stories of real individual animals. To capture their personalities rather than their traits. To chronicle real animals' personalities with my paints and words. I find my stories everywhere. My favorite stories I experience. Others, people tell me. Some come from the internet and some I read. Like the one about the ram and the llama who escaped their pasture and spent a Vermont winter living in the woods.
For more on this story and to see the first fantastic selection of artwork and stories by the first and second graders at the Lilja Elementary School click here.