Second Chances (Dancing Horses)

Dug this out of the attic the other day. It wasn’t finished. I’d shoved it into a portfolio one day several years back after filling in just the background, the horses’ eyes and nostrils, and the mane and tail on one of the animals (can you guess which?)

Three or four moves later, there it was in my hand again. Blank white horses, flat as paper. Waiting patiently for brush and pigment to quicken them to life…

3 White Horses watercolor painting

It wasn’t until a day or so after finally completing the piece that I realized how significant it was that I’d picked this piece, out of the couple dozen unfinished paintings I’d started and abandoned over the past fifteen years,  to finish first.

Fifteen years of unsettled living, punctuated with excruciating creative blocks. Stressful times, and fearful times. Fear of not stacking up. Fear of losing control if I let myself follow my dreams.

Is this time different? Am I deluding myself to think that now, after starting up and drying up countless many times, I’m finally ready to let that creative river that’s been dammed up inside me for so long run free?

I’m not going to think about that. Instead, I’m posting this painting.

Orange. The color of the sacral chakra. The creative center of body and mind.

Violet, for the crown chakra: spirit and soul.

Horses. My personal totem animal. Horses to carry me over obstacles. Wild horses, running free.

Here is the message I hope this painting brings to the world:

It’s not too late. Dig out your buried dreams. Dust them off, and mount them again. Don’t think about where they’re taking you. Just enjoy the ride. So what if you fall? You will have tasted the wind.  

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Work in Progress: Horse Painting

horse watercolor painting in pregress
Painting in progress

I have two diametrically opposite ways of approaching a painting.  One is to make preliminary sketches and plan it out.  The other is to splash a bunch of paint down and then see what comes of it.  This piece belongs to the latter category.

It was a piece of paper that’s been sitting around for years.  I think I’d done something crazy like puddle on a bunch of paint and let it dry covered with plastic wrap.  Although I liked the results, it always seemed too, well…dynamic to make a good background.  So it always ended up getting shoved back into a folder.

This time when I pulled it out, though, the horses appeared.  So I started painting them in…

Not sure how it will turn out but it’s fun to work on.

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