Another breed of cat entirely from yesterday’s clydesdales, these are thoroughbreds, and the name says it all. I dare anyone to find anything to compare with chuckwagon racing for it’s value in thrilling action, fabulous horses, thundering speed, and dramatic stories. This is the lead team (there are 2 more hitched behind them) pulling their wagon onto the track for their heat in the races. See you at the track next summer!
Here are these fabulous Clydesdale mares again….I’ve painted them often, and if you follow my work at all, you’ll recognize them. So regal in any format, but unless you’re in their presence, it’s impossible for an artist to portray their immense size, never mind the sheer magesty and the serenity that they, among all the breeds seem to convey. It is an awe inspiring experience just to be with them.
The eye of a horse is a wonder to behold, the depth and beauty being beyond compare. The expressions vary from compassion to comedy, indifference or interest….often curiosity. But the one I enjoy the most is the devilish twinkly humor that is so often there. I think they’re laughing at us most of the time, and with good reason I’m sure. Whatever the expression is, the eye of a horse is a window to a pure and intelligent soul.
A new year is quite a big deal, really. We stand back to have a look at what we’ve managed to pull off over the past year, and what we need to clean up or improve on. Coming out of the festive season of over indulgences, we are doubly motivated to have a fresh start!
But our year still needs to be lived one day at a time, with a eye to living in the here and now. This involves leaving the past behind and avoiding living in terror over what might or might not happen next week…or tomorrow even. It means doing the next best thing and being in that moment, giving it everything we’ve got. So! a toast to this very first day of 2013. Lets just deal with that for now.
Thanks to the sage advice of artist, mentor and good friend, John Farnsworth, I started this daily painting blog 2 years ago on Jan. 1. How those 2 years have flashed by, and here we are, with painting # 615 and heading into 2013! I thought it fitting that I paint horses to celebrate this anniversary, since horses are my very favourite subject matter. The daily painting discipline though has surely broadened my range and honed my skills. It’s opened my eyes to new things and brought me many new friends, via the magic of the internet. So thanks to each and every one of you who have visited my web-site, my blog or my real life! Thanks for your comments, likes, and your unflagging support. Guess we may as well carry on! Here’s wishing everyone Joy and Peace and Light in 2013.
When did you last escape from the city lights and experience the night sky in all it’s glory? I think we humans are meant to wonder at the vastness and shimmering, stunning, beauty of space….it helps to keep our egos in check. Obviously, by the state of the world, we haven’t been doing enough of that lately. When people lived in tipis and yurts, igloos and hogans, they were in touch with that magnificence in a much more intimate way, enriching their lives in ways that we may have lost.
Here is another of my doggie acquaintances…Roxy. She came to visit me a couple of weeks ago with her person, Amanda, who grew up next door. Did you ever see such a sweet face, or eyes that were more like bright little buttons……or a wonkier pair of ears. Sometimes I get real lucky and she gets doggie-sat by me. Looking for that to happen any time!
Winter has settled in here, though it’s warmed up considerably today, after a week of frigid -20’s. I visited Polly today and this is our beautiful S. Saskatchewan River valley blanketed in snow. The river cliffs here have bands of brilliant vermillion (thus the name of the town of Redcliff) and when that contrasts with the cool blue shadows we get in late afternoon, the effect can be stunning.
For millenia, ravens have enjoyed a reputation among many peoples, as a powerful totem. They symbolize change, internal growth, introspection and various warnings. My favourite though is the belief that they bring light to us, the people of the world. Coincidentally, I saw a raven on Christmas Day, which inspired this raven who brings that gift in the form of an angel. May Raven’s gift of Light bless you all this Christmas Season.
This guy thinks it’s ridiculous that there are no job opportunities for horses such as himself on that North Pole run. Not being someone who takes injustices lying down, he’s disguised himself and is going to slip in there and see if anyone notices. ( Look at the sly look in his eye.) So check it out in a day or two…see if you can see any outsized and oddly spotted reindeer in Santa’s line-up.