View Full Version : Goats who Stare at Men

12-10-2009, 01:59 PM
Woo-hoo! My post went through...It's good to be back! This is my latest painting. It's of Basil, who is the elder statesman here on our farm. He's sooo ancient, but such a sweetheart. He follows me everywhere and refuses to eat his hay until I give him a back scratch... He's got me trained really well.

Thanks for looking, C&C's welcome


12-10-2009, 02:11 PM
That is a wonderful painting, love it, but have forgotten how weird the pupils looks on a goat:eek: lol

Kathryn Day
12-10-2009, 03:07 PM
Great, the title made me laugh, saw the movie. lol Love the grasses, trees and especially, his goatee!!!

Donna T
12-10-2009, 03:18 PM
Oh, he's a beauty and so very distinguished looking! No wonder you are so fond of him! What size is this and what is it on? Do you do all of your animal paintings on the same surface?

12-10-2009, 03:43 PM
Great painting. White fur is always so difficult for me but you did a great job on this. james

12-10-2009, 04:48 PM
How utterly charming he is! Well done!

12-10-2009, 04:51 PM
What a grand old man, beautifully done!

12-10-2009, 05:30 PM
What a charming old guy Basil -- terrific job on this!


Paula Ford
12-10-2009, 05:40 PM
Absolutely wonderful!!!

12-10-2009, 05:50 PM
Great title for a movie!!!!!!

Wonderful painting - thank you for allowing us to view it!

'blue....' :angel:

12-10-2009, 06:10 PM
oh beautiful! I really like the background with this.

12-10-2009, 08:49 PM
That's the best portrait of a goat I've ever seen! (Really -- you did a great job!)

12-10-2009, 09:52 PM
Lovely work, full of character and super lighting

12-10-2009, 09:54 PM
Seriously, he's A LOT better than the movie!

12-10-2009, 10:22 PM
:clap: Very Cool! Such a direct look, I love goats and we have some. I tried to get pictures of the chickens a few days ago but it all came up goats! They can be so personable!

12-10-2009, 11:55 PM
your attempt to capture this beauitful ageing animal is fantastic.

12-11-2009, 08:36 AM
Many Thanks for your overwhelming response to "Goats" I tried to do justice to the old man...he is quite a character and I don't know how much longer I'll have him. He's going on 12, which is ancient for a goat....He's such a good buddy, I'll miss him a lot one day.

So thank you so much... Nicolaus, Kathy, Donna, Grandad, Chatfieldstudios, Ruthie57, Arlene, Paula, Blue, Betsy, Eden, Gary, Potoma, IMaybe, and Pete.
Your kind compliments made my day:)
Kathy, I haven't seen the movie but I LOVED the title. And I will admit to playing up Basil's goatee just a wee bit!
Donna, this painting is size 16" x20" on Pastelbord. This is the first time I have ever tried Pastelbord and I found it a bit strange to work on. I am a Wallis fanatic and usually do all my painting on Wallis because I paint with a very heavy hand and Wallis lets me. Pastelbord...eh, not so much. I usually have my Wallis paper drymounted onto acid free foam core, but lately have had a lot of problems with my unframed pieces warping. I tried Pastelbord hoping it would be the answer to my problems but found it waaay less forgiving than my dear old Wallis.
IMaybe, Aren't goats wonderful!! They are like a cross between dogs and horses to me. However, my husband refers to them as "Monkeys with Hooves" (sounds like another painting, LOL) because he's the one who has to do repairs down at the barn and is less than thrilled with their idea of "help" such as trying to climb the ladder while he's on it or picking up the hammer and running away with it etc... I find it hysterical! Thanks again guys.

12-11-2009, 04:00 PM
Oh, love it! The light is great!

And your stories, oh, I can just envision the goats helping! LOL!


12-11-2009, 04:30 PM
Even Goats can be beautiful. Very dynamic portrait...love your light.

12-12-2009, 09:49 AM
marvelous painting! Dan

12-12-2009, 11:25 AM
I positively love this piece. Excellent colors and shadows. Fabulous!!! Barb

Mario V
12-12-2009, 04:31 PM
Very funny and very beautiful! Fantastic job :clap:

Mary Y
12-14-2009, 04:02 AM
I thought I commented on this.
I love his face and the transparency of his left ear
Lovely painting

12-14-2009, 05:24 AM
What a grand old man, beautifully done!
Totally agree!:thumbsup:

12-14-2009, 08:55 AM
Thank you so much Charlie, Derek, Dan, Barb, Mary and Deirdre.... I am so pleases you all liked it so much. Last night I went out to feed the goats and I found Basil stuck up in the wooden hay feeder that is about 5' off the ground, just standing there waiting for me to come get him out...all 275lbs of him! Whatta character...

Thanks again for your kind words.



12-14-2009, 09:07 AM
Whoops, just noticed that I neglected thank Mario along with the others. So a big thank you to Mario for his kind words about my painting!