Capturing a Fleeting Moment

“At The Trough” (gouache, 9 x1 4 in.) by Jim McVicker

“I was driving home after picking up dog food when I spotted this scene,” says Jim McVicker. “We live around a number of dairy farms that over the years I have loved to paint, particularly the cows. Seeing this gathering around the trough I couldn’t resist. I set up knowing it would be a fleeting scene but worked quickly and spontaneously, going for the paint without drawing anything out. I looked at the mass of cows as one shape while the few lying down and off to the side seemed to make the mass work.”

“At The Trough” was awarded Best Plein Air Watercolor & Gouache in the August 2022 PleinAir Salon competition.


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