Tall tales or wild dreams

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Inspiration for a painting can come from lots of different things; and since I have always been particularly in tune with my dreams, I use them and a few of them are interesting enough to paint.

Now that my husband Donald is on the other side, I look for him in dreams, but I still was surprised to see him (in a particular dream) at the airport, walking with an elephant and a goat. The goat was less cooperative, she found her surroundings very interesting and continued to stray from Donald and the elephant. He was happy to see me, but he was busy with those animals. Silly me, I rushed back to my car to get my camera, and they were gone when I got back.

Anyone that cares to discuss the symbolism of this dream, feel free. I think it’s just a picture of him and his new friends.

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My best friend

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Growing up, many little girls fall in love with horses. A few lucky ones actually get to be around horses and even fewer to have horses of their own. Acting out my own dream, I moved to Idaho when I was 18 years old, and by the time I was 21, I owned my own horse. I learned to ride them, care for and train them, and finally, I even had the opportunity to live with my own horse just outside my door when I lived in Eagle.

The little girl in the painting grew up with horses, and sits astride her faithful steed, who was probably mature before she was born. I dedicate this painting to someone I know that actually did grow up this way, and throughout her life, she has displayed the horse sense she probably was taught by horses; Mari Whitmer.

Painting is for sale $175.00 it’s an 11 x 15″ watercolor on fine watercolor paper. All proceeds of sales go to wild animal conservation.

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All the little horses

When I was a girl, I was in love with horses. I grew up in Newark, NJ where the only horses I ever saw were the occasional police horse, or maybe an old tired freckled grey pulling a fruit cart. It didn’t matter. I dreamed and drew horses over and over again. When I went to college, I chose Boise State, in Idaho, and finally found myself in horse country. And as soon as I could, I became a horse owner. I exulted in the ability to be near these amazing creatures, and of course, I continued to draw them. There are some young girls in my family who are also growing up horse crazy. Inspired by them, I am painting horses.

stangjprgoThis first horse is a pregnant mustang mare

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Here we have a trio of horses, they look like they were startled by a thunder clap.

sorrelmareThis is a sorrel Morgan mare and she’s sold!

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This painting came down fast and dirty, it reminds me a lot of Frederic Remington’s depictions of mustang herds.

Paintings are available please inquire if one of them catches your fancy. They are all 5″ x 7″ and for sale for $40.00.. All proceeds go to Wild Animal Conservation programs.

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Four and twenty blackbirds

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This painting just made itself. After putting the bike into an architectural environment, I was adding light and shadows, and thought, this needs more life. And a bird popped out of the pannier and landed on the bike. It looked so lonely there, so I painted a few more. Then a flock. and I realized, he had a pie in the pannier, and the pie was open, so they all flew out.
This time I made the bicycle an exact replica of Katrina, Donald’s bike because it is such a beautiful design.

This painting measures 11″ x 14″ and it is for sale $250.00

As with all of my paintings, the full sale price of this painting when sold goes to wildlife conservation efforts.

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And all I could see was a galloping horse

Painting is more than just a physical exercise. It requires perseverance, focus, it demands time and dedication. It requires that you continue to try even after it doesn’t feel like it’s worth it. And then, sometimes life gets in the way, in fact, the normal daily requirements of life take me away from painting constantly. That’s why so many famous painters are men, they have wives and mothers who take care of the minutae of life. Most women are not so lucky.

I have been away from painting for a while because of a major life event, my beloved partner, husband,  and friend of 34 years  passed away on July the 18th. Since then I have found solace in mindless chores, but there are only so many of them that I can do without feeling my muse scolding me, pulling me back in. As my first attempt at painting once more,  I choose the horse, a creature I have used for inner symbolism for almost 40 years of my life to carry me back into the realm of being a painter.  Over the years I have found that the horses I draw carry my mood; happiness, sadness, tiredness, excitement.  Many times I do not even realize what I am doing and there is suddenly a horse on the paper, brought to life by a few lines.

The horse is fiery but timid, bold but skittish; a huge, muscular creature that moves with energy and grace.  This horse is a symbol of taking on life on life’s terms, and not looking back.

This painting is done with Caran D’ache Watercolor pencils and watercolors. It measures 11″ x 15″ and is for sale, $150.00

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