As many of you know, I name most of my paintings of "The Girls and Friends" after my family and friends. I don't know why I do this exactly - it just seems like something I should do.
In our herd we have my grandmothers Arlene and Kate, and my aunts Virginia, Barbara, Shirley, Sarah and Joyce. We also have my sister Greta, brother-in-law Benton, cousins Anna and Jeff, and friends Ali, Mary Anne, and Sharon - just to name a few. My new goat painting is no exception! Freda is the newest member of the Steel Cow family, and she is a sweet Nubian goat named for my very favorite (and only) niece Freda.
Freda the niece is four years old now and about three months older than Eddie. She doesn't really look much like a Nubian goat, but she was still my muse for this painting. Freda is a sweet, adventurous, smart, life-loving little girl who likes most of the things that Freda the goat does. She has beautiful curly red hair and an attitude to match.
(Photo by Kayla Bailey of FOHH Photography)
Freda and her family (my sister Greta and brother-in-law Ben) moved to Florida a couple of years ago, so even though we don't get to see her as often as we would like, when we do see her we love every minute of it. Especially Eddie, who loves his little cousin like none-other.
Here are some photos of Freda and Eddie.
They are just so cute and I can picture them getting into a lifetime of trouble together :0 Eddie turns four this week and is so exited as Freda and her family are coming to Iowa to visit for his birthday!
Whenever I travel, I usually bring my camera along (as I never know when I am going to come across a great photo for a future painting.) Freda the goat is a goat we met on a trip to visit my sister and her family when they were still living in Kansas. Freda the goat lives at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead - a wonderful turn-of-the-century farm that brings "the charm of the farm to children living in the city" (according to their website.)
They really do a great job at introducing and educating visitors on farm life - and even if you are on the farm every day, this farmstead is a very fun place to meet baby goats, cows, chickens and other animals. (I know this is a sign for another place to visit, but this is a sign on the farmstead and it is a good one!) They also have a fishing pond, pony rides and many other activities. I think we visited Deanna Rose almost every time we visited Greta and Ben when they lived in Kansas, (and Freda the niece just adored visiting every chance she could get.) I also met Benton the rooster at the farmstead! If you are ever in the Kansas City area, Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is definitely worth a trip.
I am just now starting to take some photos of my paintings in settings you would see in real life. Here are a few of Freda. Because you never know when you need a big goat on your wall (or a small one on a shelf.) Just for reference - the below prints of Freda are 40"x40" and 20"x20"
You may be wondering where the title "Freda Pants" came from. I call Freda this, I don't know why - maybe it's because she doesn't really like wearing pants. At least this way she can have pants of some sort in her life, even if it is in her nickname from her auntie Val.
Thanks for being a fan of Steel Cow and I hope you enjoyed meeting the Freda behind the Freda!