Today, we celebrate farm animals everywhere with this fast and loose little doodlewash of a few of my favorites that my grandma used to raise on her farm. National Farm Animals Day, was originally created by Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige, as a day to raise awareness about slaughter animals, as well as to empower animal lovers to to find homes for abandoned and abused farm animals. It’s a day to consider a meat-free diet or at the very least raise awareness of the conditions of the animals that people are consuming. And honestly, farm animals are just awesome so it’s also a good time to reflect happily on any time you’ve encountered them.
I used to spend summers on my grandmother’s farm and it was pretty much the most fun a kid could have. It wasn’t until I grew up that I realized I was actually serving as free labor, but at the time it was just incredibly cool to work on the farm. I think the goats were my absolute favorite, especially the young ones. I used to help name them, but looking back I can’t seem to remember any of the names. Once, my grandma showed me how to milk a goat, which I just found super awkward and a bit embarrassing. After my couple of feeble attempts, she would end up pushing me out of the way saying, “you gotta grab the tit and squeeze!” which just made it worse really.
The cows were always just off in a field and I never really interacted with them. We’d just moo at them stupidly like the people driving by in their cars, but I still rather liked them. Pigs were so adorable when they were babies and I remember helping care for one that I immediately fell in love with. When I returned, however, the little pig was gone and my grandmother kept insisting that the giant scary fat pig in the pen was actually the same one I had nursed as a baby. I never really believed her. As a grown up, living in the city, it’s fun to remember those rural moments as a kid. Time seemed to last forever before I grew up and learned how to become “busy.” But on thing is certain. I’ll never forget those incredible animal companions who kept me company on those wonderful summer days on the farm.
Join me any and all days you like during April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on doodlewash.com at the end of the month!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Green Pale, and Nuetral Tint. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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