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Monday, May 28, 2012
Jane's Art Class on the Farm
My friend, Sue Tepaske, has a farm in Maryland. She invited me to come there and paint. I went with 2 other artists. We spread out, and I set up in front of the barn and silo with about 25 cows in front. But of course, as soon as I got everything ready to paint, the cows left the scene. I was disappointed but figured I'd just do the barn and silo and the path leading up to them. I painted away and then I got a strange sensation that someone was behind me. I knew there couldn't be anyone there because we were out in the country. I refused to turn around and look because I thought I was being ridiculous. But the more I painted, the more I felt like someone was sneaking up on me. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up on end. Finally, I decided I would slowly turn around and prove to myself that no one was there. To my surprise, I had an audience watching me paint. There must have been 10 cows gathered in a semi circle watching me do my thing. Luckily, one of the other artists snapped a photo. Otherwise, no one would have ever believed me.