Silver Thistles

Artist  Marjolein Bastin
Painted  2010
Medium  Watercolor
Subject Location   Switzerland

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Artist Notes

The cows returned from “summer camp” high on the mountains in September. Now, in October, there is a festival in the village, the “Älperfest.” The best cows will be judged and of course there is a beauty pageant for cows: Miss Lenk.

The cows parade through the village with large cowbells (“traichels”) around their necks. My cows Coree, Rosa and Amsel are also participating. You can hear some yodeling and you can purchase some great local cheeses, breads and sausage.

Our friend Margrit is selling cheese at the local market that her husband Hans made during the summer months while on the alpine meadows at Alp Ritzli. She placed this basket of Silver thistle on the table as well. We’ll eat the cheese and I’ll paint the basket.

Their dog Nero II kept the herd of cows together when they came down from the mountain. Now he can rest for the duration of the winter.

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