This is the definition of a work of art.
It is almost impossible to believe, but Kelly Walker created this incredible mural between Sunday morning and this morning (Tuesday). Forty-eight hours. You could sit and look at this painting for an hour and still not see it all. It’s not just one work, it’s a combination of vignettes. Nearly every one of my most beloved animals are pictured here. You see Annabelle and Minnie Belle in the upper left. Coco is on guard duty at the fenceline near the top. Crazy and her baby are in the pasture. Bird feeders are in the middle. Toward the right, Nutmeg, with her babies running after her. Glory Bee with her head in the hay. Fanta to the right of the bale, with her head in the hay, too. Dr. Pepper is munching from on top (his favorite spot!) and Mr. Pibb and some chickens in front of the bale. My cat, Spice, in the tree. Lower, middle, Clover (wearing her tiara!) stands atop a spool table, with Sprite on a lower spool, and the Crooked Little Hen on the ground. Right, foreground, that’s my rooster, Mr. Hyde, and left, forground, Poky.
Here’s a close-up of Nutmeg and the babies:
But that’s not all! There’s Linda’s shelf with herbs over the stove, a painting of my cat, Sugar, in a mailbox (painted from a photo I took a few years ago), and Beulah Petunia at the door.
With her flower!
This is Tuesday of retreat week, and the work and preparations are ramping up by the minute. CindyP will be here in a few hours. Next week, I’ll have a full post on my House & Garden page with many more photos of the art to do it justice, close-ups of every vignette in the main mural along with photos of each of the other works around the room. Those of you coming to the Party on the Farm will have a chance to see it all in person next Sunday! Kelly and Linda are amazing, talented, and SO MUCH FUN. I can’t thank them enough.
Meanwhile, Kelly also has photos on her blog (and will have more after she gets home, I’m sure, so keep checking there!). You can see Kelly’s blog here.