SIMPLY MOO-VELOUS, BY GOLLY! The heroine of my picture book, Molly Williams, transformed for the Cow Parade by artist Cindy Burnside

Inside Story about the MOO-velous Molly, by Golly! Makeover

The Cow Parade has come to town, and this author is thankful that Jennifer Cloward, director of the Paso Robles Children’s Museum in San Luis Obispo County, California, reached out to artist Cindy Burnside to create a mini-moo cow sculpture based on Kathleen Kemly’s fabulous illustrations from my picture book about America’s first female firefighter for the year-long program designed to raise funds for local charities in a very fun way!

All of the cow sculptures are on exhibit at various locations throughout San Luis Obispo County, and voting is underway for the ‘best in show’.  To view and vote for the Molly, by Golly! MOOseum cow, go to http://cowparadeslo.com/cow/32-mini-moo-mooseum-molly/.

But first, some Q & A with the sculpture’s creator, Cindy Burnside:

How did you get involved in the project, Cindy?

The Cow Parade was a once in a lifetime opportunity for a local artist to gain national, even global, exposure.  When Jennifer asked me to create the MOOseum Cow based on your book, MOLLY, BY GOLLY! I jumped at the chance.  I was thrilled to be chosen to work on the project and would do it again in a heartbeat.

What was your artistic process like?

Basically, I studied Kathleen Kemly’s illustrations from the book, and worked on small sections of the sculpture until it all came together.  I would take photos of my work in progress and send them to Jennifer, asking for her input about how the Molly cow sculpture was coming together.

What was your biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge was the apron, because the lines were hard to paint and get straight, as I tend to paint more loosely.  Kathleen Kemly’s loose-brushwork style was a lot like my own so it made it easier for me to bring the rest of Molly to life. I wanted her to be feminine and strong.  I wanted her bravery and determination to shine through.

Any last comments? 

I loved having ‘Molly, the mini moo’ in my kitchen studio to paint.   I actually would pet her at times and missed her when she was gone.

Inside Story about the MOO-velous Molly, by Golly! Makeover

The Cow Parade has come to town, and this author is thankful that Jennifer Cloward, director of the Paso Robles Children’s Museum in San Luis Obispo County, California, reached out to artist Cindy Burnside to create a mini-moo cow sculpture based on Kathleen Kemly’s fabulous illustrations from my picture book about America’s first female firefighter for the year-long program designed to raise funds for local charities in a very fun way!

All of the cow sculptures are on exhibit at various locations throughout San Luis Obispo County, and voting is underway for the ‘best in show’.  To view and vote for the Molly, by Golly! MOOseum cow, go to http://cowparadeslo.com/cow/32-mini-moo-mooseum-molly/.

But first, some Q & A with the sculpture’s creator, Cindy Burnside:

How did you get involved in the project, Cindy?

The Cow Parade was a once in a lifetime opportunity for a local artist to gain national, even global, exposure.  When Jennifer asked me to create the MOOseum Cow based on your book, MOLLY, BY GOLLY! I jumped at the chance.  I was thrilled to be chosen to work on the project and would do it again in a heartbeat.

What was your artistic process like?

Basically, I studied Kathleen Kemly’s illustrations from the book, and worked on small sections of the sculpture until it all came together.  I would take photos of my work in progress and send them to Jennifer, asking for her input about how the Molly cow sculpture was coming together.

What was your biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge was the apron, because the lines were hard to paint and get straight, as I tend to paint more loosely.  Kathleen Kemly’s loose-brushwork style was a lot like my own so it made it easier for me to bring the rest of Molly to life. I wanted her to be feminine and strong.  I wanted her bravery and determination to shine through.

Any last comments? 

I loved having ‘Molly, the mini moo’ in my kitchen studio to paint.   I actually would pet her at times and missed her when she was gone.

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