"The Red Barn" (Nettle Meadows Farm)

On vacation in the mountains, we set out on a beautiful fall day to find a goat farm we'd heard was somewhere nearby. Organic goat cheese was our focus, but when we got to Nettle Meadows Farm, we immediately fell under the spell of its charm. We felt as if we'd stepped into the pages of a children's storybook. Each animal had a name and a personality, and demanded to be petted. We stayed and watched as the goats took turns climbing on rocks, and the sheep jostled each other for our attention. When I came home and started painting, I hardly knew where to start. When I posted this painting on Facebook, one of the very first comments was, "It looks like something from the Brothers Grimm." Perfect!