There are some paintings that have a certain sentimental quality for me. One such important painting is Board's Creek--an oil painting of two cows getting ready to cross a creek in front of a gnarly old tree. There is an interesting background story behind this painting (of which I will spare you the details), in that it was originally supposed to be a commissioned piece, but I ended up doing another one in its place that better fit the desires of the client at the time. And so now this painting rests above my sofa until it finds a better home. There is an actual Board's Creek, but this is not it--the scene is made up to fit the composition, though the tree is a real tree up on the parkway near Rocky Knob (one of my favorite to draw and paint, as you will see later), and the cows are painted from photos taken awhile back (and slightly reworked to fit the feel of the painting).
The first composition had the cows turning away from the tree (I still may do a painting from this one day).