Thursday, March 24, 2011

Are you a cowgirl?

My sweet grandfather 

raised horses and cows

on the farm where I grew up.



I liked the horses, 
but I loved the cows ---
and they were herefords,
polled herefords.

"Grandpap" was sweet and gentle,
just like his docile herd.

Polled herefords have 
big sweet wide faces and
gorgeous caramel brown eyes with
long eyelashes. 


I am mad for cows 
(and the paintings on this post.)
Are you a cowgirl too?

1.  The Cowherd, 1888, Theodore Robinson

2. Old Man with Cow, 1913, Willy Sluyters
3. Peasant Girl Grazing a Cow at the Forest, 
(date unknown) Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
4. A Milkmaid with her Cows on a Summer day, 
(1851-1910) Julien Dupre'
4. Cow and Girl in the Windsor Great Park, 1809, Paul Sandby
5.  Polled Hereford by Greg Karas/
6. Girl Tending Cow in a Pasture, 1874, Camille Pissarro (below)


janette@ The2Seasons said...


I wrote a similar blog a few weeks ago about my love for the bovines except I posted cow photos I had taken in different countries. And then I posted another one when a great oil painting that I bought from an artist in Texas arrived. It is a whimsical and fun painting. I don't eat red meat because I couldn't bare to eat one of the lovely animals.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Yes, I am and I saw so many antique cow oil paintings at Scott's that were way out of my pocket's reach. On the hunt for a bargain.

Kelly_Deal said...

Hi Alison! I love cows too! These paintings are so beautiful and serene.

Sue said...

Hi Alison ~ the paintings were beautiful, and as I grew up in the Dairy State, I have always loved cows. {and sheep} I don't have any on my walls though. I saw some beautiful oils just yesterday and was sooo tempted to bring one home.
Thanks for sharing.

High Street Cottage said...

Alison, what wonderful paintings. I grew up in a part of California that is full of Cowgirls and Cowboys. I never quite fit in. I can't say I'm a city girl either, perhaps it's why I have always loved cottages, I'm somewhere in between I suppose. ;)

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful paintings, I love the sweet face of that last cow. I grew up in farmland, but not on a farm. That would have been wonderful!


Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Of course I am! I'm from TX so it goes without saying. I love the next to last print of that pretty cow!

Dorie said...

Yes maam! I love me some cows!!I've collected landscape art with cows in them for years! I had 2 black miniature Dexter cows for a while, but my faves? The long hairy Highland cows that I saw in Scottland- adorable:)

Kathy said...

I was brought up on a farm and we also had a ranch that we went to on the weekends where we had black angus with a few herfords in the mix, but I never got the love, too much work. These painting are sure beautiful though.

Olive Cooper said...

Hi Alison, I love cows and am kind of scared of horses. Thirty years ago I lived on a farm where they raised cattle, soybeans, and corn. It was a less complicated time for sure. ♥O

lvroftiques said...

In my heart of hearts I am! *winks* Vanna

Upscale Downhome said...

I grew up on a farm and did not appreciate the cows when my life involved chores! Now though I love vintage pastoral paintings just like the ones you showed and would love a vintage painting with a sweet cow on it.

Susan said...

I love cows too. I too grew up on a cow/horse farm. My sister just adores Polled Herfords. I remember feeding a baby calf from a bottle when I was very young. These paintings are gorgeous. I wish you owned that one of the cow's face.

Babs said...

I love cows and those beautiful paintings are so peaceful. I also have a fondness for paintings of sheep and dogs. All of your posts are lovely and I always find beautiful things when I visit. Thanks and have a great weekend.

Libby@LighoftheHome said...

I love everything to do with life on a farm. Cows, horses, barns, fresh eggs, etc! I love your blog for that reason. And your beautiful home never fails to inspire me!

waveney said...

DEFINITELY a cow girl here! Although my faves are Scotland's hairy helan coos.

Sarah said...

Alison, having fun catching up on reading the posts I've missed. Been in the garden rather than at the computer. ;-)
Yes, I'm a cow girl too! ~ Sarah

Anonymous said...

If you ever grew up on a ranch in Texas like I did, you can recognize the expressions on cows faces. It is great. There is an artist in Dallas Tx that has a series of paintings of herds of cows that are great. Her name is Sally Taylor. I am waiting for her to start selling prints so that they are more affordable for me.