Monday, May 16, 2011
First Horse Painting & Getting Home
We don't see my husband's family often enough. They are beautiful people, both inside and out, and so fun to be with. The bad weather, unfortunately, followed us from the Northwest--we arrived there as the weather switched from 100 degrees to 50, then we arrived back home as the weather switched from 80 to 40.
In the airport, as I was missing my horses, I was inspired by a picture I saw hanging in a shop and decided to spend my time during our layover sketching Cowboy. I had brought my computer (with pictures) and small watercolor and sketch kit I'd put together just in case the urge hit. Today I painted it in, and this is the finished product along with two Photoshop experiments.
This is the first time I've ever painted a horse. I loved doing it. My rope letters, however, leave a lot to be desired. I'll have to keep practicing. If any of you artists have a hint for me, please pass it on.
Though the weather is now 40 with wind and rain, horses shivering and altogether painful, there are some beautiful things blooming. My snowdrops came up today, only two months late, the tulips are gorgeous, and the Muscari (Blue spikes) have just opened.
And last, a picture I took right before we left: five of our horses sleeping together in the pasture.
Since the weather is so bad, I won't be able try out Cowboy's new teeth, but I'm getting quite hopeful that the float is going to solve the head bobbing problem. More on that later.