I don't know why this one experience was such a life changer for me, (I still remember it like it just happened), but it was. For years I was terrified to even be around a horse. It's only been in the past 5 years or so that I have been able to go up to them and pet them without having heart palpitations.
Now, don't get me wrong; I love the beauty of a horse and find them to be very gentle, calming creatures, but I can still remember that feeling of falling off of that horse. I don't want to have this fear, but it seems to be ingrained in my bones. I should probably just "get back on the horse" and try it again, you know, "face my fears"........
And so, I painted a horse. Because, this is the best way for me to be around them and appreciate them.
Horsing around (2015)
Acrylic on canvas paper mounted on panel 6x8
I must say I really enjoyed painting these guys and it seems to have turned out okay for me.
"That's your best painting." says my Dad.
"I can actually tell what it is."