About 3 years ago, I started haunting the famous Gallery C during Chloe's ballet classes. There, I met the illustrious Mr. Kershaw. Skeptical of my talent at first, Mr. Kershaw proceeded to whip me and my art resume into shape and things have never been the same. At Gallery C, I attended my first art show (I felt SO grown up!), I was educated in how to sign my art, think about art, consider art, interpret art, etc....some things stuck, some...not so much! BUT, I am and will always be eternally grateful to Mr. Kershaw for introducing me to the art world, with all of its strange nuances and quirky, but lovable people.
So, what about the cow? Weeeelllll.....a bit before Christmas, I was in the gallery and Mr. Kershaw approached me with a gleam in his eye. How would I like to submit a cow painting for a Gallery C customer? The catch was that Mr. Kershaw had promised this customer a choice of a number of "cow" paintings and he didn't have enough cows! Hence, the request. I was SO excited! I was going to paint the best cow that I could paint! Maybe I could pretend to be a REAL artist whilst I was painting said cow.
Rushing home, I looked up cows and cow pics on the net....what is the shape of their eyes, ears, what angle should I paint it? Should it have a background, a field or barn? I finally settled on the whole "cow with personality" idea, sketched and painted this lovely lady, naming it "Bovine Romance".
Weeks went by and I heard nothing. I had moments when I just wanted to rush into the gallery, snatch her up and whisk her back to the oblivion that I lived in. (Dramatic? yes.)
One evening, we had family over for dinner and the phone rings. Chris answers and hands it to me. "It's Mr. Kershaw!" he whispers. Nervously, I go into the office.
"The client chose your painting, Cady!" he sounds pleased as if his protege has finally accomplished something worthwhile. My jaw hit the floor. I hang up and hug Chris as if I've won the lottery or something. I really only made $150.00 on the sale, not including the price of the frame, but I think that at that moment, I realized that I could actually go somewhere with my art. I could be successful if I really applied myself!
I'd always been so intimidated by artists who had degrees and who had formal training. I had nothing but determination and a dream. It was a definite turning point for me....this cow painting...who managed to win a sale from a Gallery C client.
So, I am exceedingly fond of this cow. I've named her "Marie". She went on to win me a cover interview with the Society of Children's Writers and Illustrator's Pen and Palette Magazine. She was my first magazine cover.
So, here's to Marie! May she enjoy many more years of advancing my art career and may she please a plethora of cow fans in the years to come.
Thanks, Marie Marie! (Her middle name is "Marie", too) (strange? yes.)