Pastel, 11 x 14 inches
Something about running horses has always said "freedom" to me. Just looking at them running on a hill or across a meadow awakens a sense of joy and freedom within my spirit. They are doing what they were born to do, what God created them to do. They aren't rocket scientists or chemists, they will never bring about world peace or discover a cure for any of the terrible diseases that befall mankind. They aren't meant to. They are meant to run, to feel the freedom of the wind blowing their manes and the joy of the moment. If any human being is blessed with the friendship of one of these magnificent creatures, he may share in the joy and taste the freedom. A person may reach an understanding with a horse, they may come to a relationship that is mutually beneficial, the human may even think he or she has "trained," the horse, but that is as far as it goes. Inside, where it really counts, the horse is still a horse, its spirit is its own. That is as it was meant to be.
A lovely horse from a horse show. I liked the back lighting, and imagined him running across a meadow with his mane flying. To me, black horses are the most difficult to paint, especially in pastel, but this one just had to be painted. I loved his gentle eyes.
This is an 11 x 14 pastel on Richeson Pastel Board, and is matted, ready to frame. It was listed on Daily Painters and Art Helping Animals on Tuesday. Sorry it has taken me so long to get it on the blog. What can I say? It has been a busy week.