Horse and wildlife art by Mona Majorowicz.

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This Gallery contains Farm Animals that aren't either horses or cows.


A Family Resemblance

White Rabbits on Handmade Paper

The challenge of this painting was to create enough contrast to keep it interesting. All this white needed some balance. However I didn't bump up my contrast too much because part of what draws me to this image is the confusion it brings at first glance. You have to ďthinkĒ about what it is for minute. I am rather fond of images that challenge the eye.

These New Zealand White rabbits were photographed at a local tourist trap. They had about 30 rabbits of varying ages (and sizes) that you could pay a quarter for some bunny kibble to feed them. So of course I did. And that's why they are all circled tight like they are.

The original bunny painting was an oil pastel on handmade paper.

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A Fowl Look

White Rooster on Handmade Paper

My fierce looking rooster was a bird from the farm we lived on in Rapid City. He wasn't ours, (nor were the peacocks, ducks, geese, Llama, horses, dog, cats or giganto goat.) But we got to enjoy them as ours, without all the feed and vet bills. (Sweet)

They had about 20 or 30 of these type of chickens with about 5 roosters. This white one here was a nasty bird who dug his spurs into everything else on the farm including the dogs and cats. Eventually he disappeared under questionable circumstances. (The actual owners of the bird weren't that fond of him, as he wouldn't hesitate to attack people as well.)

At any rate, I really liked this white rooster because he was terribly showy. (Hey . . . what can I say, Iím a visual person.)

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All Is Calm

Sheep by Barn

This painting is based off a photo I took of our farm several years ago. We no longer have our flock of sheep. Now, years later, they still provide fond memories.

I loved having sheep. Our flock would range from around a dozen to upwards of thirty. They would always be there to greet us with a loud chorus of baaing when we drove in the yard. They were a mixed lot so their voices ranged quite a bit, from a soft lamb like baa to the deep baritone of the dark faced ones. Whenever we walked up to them, they would crowd around, snuffling, looking for a treat or a scratch on the nose.

They provided a sense of peacefulness to the farm. I'm not sure what it was about them that did that. I really miss "the old girls" as well as the spring lambs. My hope is that, someday in the future, when the craziness of life slows down a bit, we will once again have sheep.

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Big Red

Red Rooster

Big Red is a proud looking rooster. He is part of the "Down On The Farm Series" and is the first of a small series of rooster and chicken paintings.

At one time we kept chickens though that was many years ago. The predation became overwhelming and a never ending battle against the weasels, raccoon and coyotes. You'd think I'd hate them for always trying to get an easy snack but no. They are simply doing what they do. But I certainly miss watching the antics of chickens in my yard.

The original rooster painting was done using water soluble mixed media on suede board.

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Bossy Boots

Spotted Baby Goat

Bossy Boots is the second in the "Ears Looking At You Kid" series which is a collection of baby goat paintings with their big floppy ears and playful attitudes. This cute little goat looks out at the viewer with a sweet curiosity. Done in vibrant whimsical colors this goat print would be perfect for the nursery or the living room.

The original baby goat artwork was created using water soluble mixed media on suede board.

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Ears Looking At You Kid

Spotted Baby Goat

Ears Looking At You Kid is both the name of this goat art as well as the collection of baby goat paintings. This is the first in the series of adorable baby goats with their big floppy ears and playful attitude.

The original baby goat artwork was created using water soluble mixed media on suede board.

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Ewedora

Spotted Sheep Painting

This is the first sheep painting in a series of ewe portraits called "The Ewephoria Collection." Having once owned a flock of sheep I find them endless fascinating in both the visual aspect of how they move as a group as well as the whimsy side of their large ears and glassy eyed stares. I truly loved coming home each day to a resounding chorus of deep Baas.

This original sheep art was created using water soluble mixed media on suede board.

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Ewekie

Sheep

This is an excerpt from my artist blog regarding the Ewekie painting.

Ewekie here, was my first purple sheep. ...And let me tell you she caused quite a stir among the locals in my dusty little rural town. People actually came into the gallery because they had heard about (a purple sheep painting) and I guess they had to see for themselves the insanity of such a thing.

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Flamin' Sheep

Brightly Colored Grazing Sheep

Often after I do a highly detailed realistic painting I like to let loose just a little and create a fanciful and fun piece like this little oil pastel piece of grazing sheep. Oil pastels are the perfect medium for me to release my wild side and color creativity.

This particular flock of sheep reside just outside my hometown village of Rolfe, Iowa. I stop numerous times each year to photograph them as they are ever a fascination of pattern and shapes while the form and regroup endless variations while grazing.

This original oil pastel painting of sheep was done on handmade paper.

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Fleece Navidad

Starry Night Ram Sheep

This ram sheep painting was done as the follow up to Fleece On Earth which was our Christmas card image the year before. This ram is based on the Drenthen breed which is a very old and very rare sheep.

The print image is cropped slightly smaller than the original painting which is square in shape. The original sheep painting was done in a mixed media of watercolor pencil, water soluble ink and water soluble wax pastel on suede board.

The smae colors were used for this as was used of Fleece On Earth so they make an excellent set together.

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Fleece On Earth

Starry Night Sheep

This little ewe was an image created to be our gallery Christmas card. I try to create a new Christmasy image every year for this purpose. Because as usual I was running behind getting a new Christmas card image done I wound up taking it along to an art event in hopes of getting it completed in time to print and mail. I'm glad I did. Initially I was going to call it "Starry Night Sheep" but a fellow artist suggested the title "Fleece On Earth." I thought it was perfect and it stuck.

Turns out I'm following that concept this year as well.For this year's Christmas card I'm doing a ram to match. It will be called "Fleece Navidad."

I really enjoyed playing with style and color on her. I sort of tapped into my inner illustrator and plan to continue doing more works in this style.

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Lambs

This is from an excerpt from my artist blog regarding the story behind the Lambs painting.

These lambs are from our first year crop of lambs. A few years after we moved to Iowa we decided we needed to raise some livestock and we thought sheep were the critters for us.

We bought about a dozen ewe lambs of mixed heritage and let them mature fully. We like to think of our critters health in terms of the long haul, and waiting a little longer to breed them was they way to go. So when the time finally came, we went shopping for a ram. Since we had so few ewes, and since we intended to keep the ewe lambs, we picked out an older (cheaper) ram, which we would replace the following season.

He was a handsome stately gentleman, whom we named Chester. Chester was gentle, and there was nothing bully-like in his behavior at all. (You know, what you actually picture a ramís personality to be.)

Well the girls loved him. He was always surrounded by two or three ewes, nuzzling his nose and ears, leaning against him and just in general following him around like a bunch of groupies. They never gave him a moments rest.

A few short weeks later we found him dead in the paddock. No coyotes or anything noticeable as to why he died. So we just surmised it was old age. Chester had done his job though. Every ewe had at least one lamb.

The following season we got a new younger ram. The girls wanted no part of him. He was course, where Chester was gentle. He harassed them while Chester just let them come to him. It was then that it dawned on us, that perhaps the girls had just sexed Chester to death. I mean he was older, but they really just kept after him the whole time. Nothing rough, just always gently touching him and surrounding him, grinning and winking.



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Mixed Company

Domestic Rabbits

These little rabbits were a great deal of fun to paint. All fifteen were based on several photos of just a few models. A friend of mine was raising rabbits and had bred a mixed litter. They were eight weeks old when I photographed them.

I had fun with the composition because I just kept sketching in rabbits until I ran out of paper. Originally, I considered grasses or gravel for the background, but didn't feel they would work because of the complexity of the composition and the color variations. I decided on a simple color wash instead. The simple background kept the rabbits as the central focus.

AND... I'm now on Zazzle so you can get some of your favorite art on various items that range anywhere from art tiles, to sketch diaries to coffee mugs and mousepads. Mixed Company is now available on a coffee mug. The image wraps around the mug for a fun and whimsical way to start your day. http://www.zazzle.com/wildfacesgallery*

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Sassy Pants

Spotted Baby Goat Art

Sassy Pants is the third in the "Ears Looking At You Kid" series which is a collection of baby goat paintings with their big floppy ears and playful attitudes. This cute little goat looks out at the viewer with a sweet curiosity. Done in vibrant whimsical colors this goat print would be perfect for the nursery or the living room.

The original baby goat artwork was created using water soluble mixed media on suede board.

Please Note: The watermark shown on the image is for online viewing only and does not appear on the final artworks.

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The Happy Hog

Smiling Spotted Pig Art

The Happy Hog is a fun piece that's sure to make you smile. This purple spotted pig lovingly looks out at you from the corner of her eye. Vibrantly colored this adorable pig will add the perfect accent to any decor.

I tend to work in tangents and currently I'm in a farm animal streak. Hopping from sheep painting, to goat painting to cow painting to pig. I'm enjoying plaing with a brighter more whimsical color palette and yet created realistically rendered critters in the process.

The original pig artwork was created using water soluble mixed media on suede board.

Please Note: The watermark shown on the image is for online viewing only and does not appear on the final artworks.

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