The Latest News from Lauren & Jude 
Welcome to my blog. This is basically where I record all the little things that I think may be of interest to my visitors, or just the things that I find interesting. Get the latest insights on new paintings and procucts, gossip from the shows, and anything else that may spring to mind. Whatsmore you can sift through it all to the bits that really interest you using the nifty keword tags! 
 
 
 
Dites bonjour à Ivory, la Vache Charolaise! 
 
From now on I'll drop my terrible French and stick to English! But please say hello to Ivory the Charolais Cow. She's new to the herd and exceptionally beautiful. This is my first ever Charolais, Ivory and I love her. She has the most beautiful face and looks so gentle and endearing that you just want to reach into the painting and stroke her. I feel like I’ve known her all my life, but I know very little about the breed itself. 
 
So welcome to another episode of The Wonderful World of Cows! So what do we know about this French Fancy?  
Charolais Cattle in the Sun

         Charolais Cattle in the French Countryside, photo by Herd Book Charolais 

Friends from across the pond! 
I love photographing cows. There’s nothing quite like lying in the grass peering up at the big wet nose of an inquisitive cow. It’s the best way to truly know their personality, after all character is what my paintings are all about. However it’s not always possible for me to meet my subjects in person- or is it cowson? Especially when painting lesser seen breeds. I had my heart set on painting a Texas Longhorn for a while now but was struggling to find them in the UK. I was getting rather disheartened by the whole thing, until one day browsing Instagram! 
Texas Longhorn Cow, Ross Ranch Texas
A pocket full of birds.  
York Open Studios begins this weekend 14th & 15th April and hopefully many of you will be joining me to see the cows at Bar Lane Studios, York. But it's not only me who will be welcoming in York's public, I'm just one of one hundred artists. Today I saw a short video online from fellow York Open Studios exhibitor, Jane Duke. A painter and printer Jane's work is beautiful but there's something that gives her artwork that little extra... 
'Feed the Birds' by Jane Duke

Jane Duke at York Open Studios 

It's time once more for York Open Studios!  
This wonderful art event is one of my Highlights of the year. It's a fantastic art exhibition that spreads all over York, showcasing some of the top artists in our city. Whether you're an art fan or not, its a great day out! If nothing else you can pinch lots of complimentary biscuits and cups of tea on your way round the trail. But one thing that I'm certain of is that you'll see a huge variety of artwork and get a chance to speak to some really interesting people. Including myself and the cows of course! Join us at Bar Lane Studios York, YO1 6JU for two weekends of fun.  
York Open Studios 2018
There's a new cow in Lauren’s herd and she’s our very first British White! 
I’ve always struggled to find British Whites out and about, so was delighted when, by a twist of fate I found H Chapman & Son on Instagram. Not only did they have beautiful photographs of their British White cattle, they also happened to be cousins of a close friend of mine and big fans of the Lauren's Cows herd. What's more they live about 20 minutes down the road from me! This painting was truly meant to be! It is my pleasure to introduce you to, Fieldhouse Hermione! 
Framed art print of 'Hermione' by Lauren's Cows
Meet Jude, the Mum behind the magic! 
Lauren's Cows is now in it's fifth year and I have great fun being the face of the business painting my cows, but we must not forget a certain someone hard at work behind the scenes. As you know Lauren's Cows is a Mother, Daughter partnership and I would be nowhere with out my lovely Mum and business partner, Jude.  
I may be the artistic talent and the reason Lauren's Cows first came about, but it is Jude who runs the show, keeps me in line, looks after all you lovely customers and goes above and beyond to make sure Lauren's Cows is in tip top condition. So as it is Mother's Day I would like to dedicate this blog to Mummy Terry, and give her some time in the lime light.  
Lauren's family at her Wedding
The Belted Galloway 
There's a new kid in town, he's black, he's white he's...striped?  
There are certain breeds out there that we don't get to see on a daily basis- unless you're very lucky that is. The Belted Galloway is one of these rarer breeds. However, I'm very excited to introduce the latest kid on the block, Dexter, who happens to be a Belted Galloway Calf. To mark this event I thought it would be nice if we all learned a bit more about our strikingly striped, monochrome friends! So what is it about the Belted Galloway that we all love so much? 
The Belted Galloway 
Traditional Black, Dun and Red Pedigree Belted Galloway Cattle 
photo by Widcome Belted Galloways - Bittleford Farm 
Somebody Love's Moo! 
 
Whether you like it or not Valentine's Day is fast approaching! I've never been very lucky in love until I found my husband so I still quite enjoy the novelty of Valentine's, I must admit, however we're not a soppy couple. We don't do the red roses and the candle lit dinners! Our V-day tradition is to make a den out of a couple of brooms, a clothes horse and a load of bed sheets, order pizza and watch a classic film- usually the Godfather! That's our idea of romance. So if you're like me, I have a few ideas to make your Valentine's Day a little less smushy and a little more you! 

  Lauren's top tips for  a cliche free Valentines Day! 

Have I gone mad or could this be the best studio ever? 
Let me introduce you to what is believed to be, the last Berkeley Statesman in existence! Now I'm no caravan expert, but I know cool when I see it and this is COOL! Now don't get me wrong, I know that this isn't going to be the easiest of vehicles to get down to St. Ive's for a one week getaway but as a studio? This could be fantastic! Welcome to, what I like to call.... 
It's a New Year and that means New Cows! 
 
2018 is here and I am back in studio! 2017 was a great year for paintings with our highest number of commissions to date. Now a new leaf has been turned and it's time to get back to the drawing board, and this year's Lauren's Cows resolution is to try and focus on rarer cattle breeds. Those lovely animals that don't get the publicity they deserve. So while I stretch, seal and prime my canvases I've started putting together some preliminary sketches for the first painting.  
 
Which leads me to resolution no. 2 - to get some more footage from behind the scenes!  
So here we are- the first time lapse of 2018! 10 points if you can guess the breed! And please let me know what other cattle breeds you'd like to see painted this year!  
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