“We all have a hungry heart, and one of the things we hunger for is happiness. So as much as I possibly could, I stayed where I was happy.” -Mary Oliver
Painting this piece reminded me to go with what I see in the paint… even if I’ve never painted it before and have no idea what painting a horse would really be like.
Because when I saw a horse in all of my layers of this painting, I knew it was a horse, but a really odd shaped and weird horse.
Yet the horse was so distinct, I could’t not paint it in.
I hadn’t even had my girl painted yet, which is usually where I begin. Then if there’s a secondary character, it might fall into place. But the girl is always first.
It felt so awkward to just have this horse on the canvas. But I went with it and from there I found my girl and this dream catcher painting fell into place.
It really doesn’t even look like the same painting here. But after I’d finished a few other pieces, I was left with this girl.
I adored the colors, but I couldn’t relate to the character.
So I just created a background over most of it to cover the face and try and find something new.
And that’s when the horse appeared.
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pps. I’ve just returned from teaching at the Lucky Star art retreat in beautiful Hill Country in Texas and can’t wait to share some of the stories and photos with you soon.