When I was a child, like many of you I imagine, I had horse fever! Because of this I would check out every single horse related book in the library, fawn over the homeliest pasture pony as if he was worth a million dollars and by the time I was 10, I could draw a descent picture of a horse - WITH MY EYES CLOSED! HA HA.. I'll bet you guys were the same way... and if your parents did not lean into your horse fever, it just made it that much worse for you!
I'll let you in on a secret... My Father had just 2 questions for me when he was very ill, and one of them was if there was anything he could have done to quell my horse fever! We had a big laugh over that one. I assured him that he was no match for the Lord... because it was a passion instilled into me from my creation and was a large part of who I was, stretching far beyond my time spent with horses. It taught me compassion, dicipline, perserverence and more than anything - how to handle all those "nay-sayers" in your life who constantly drone to you all the reasons you can't do something.
Okay - back on track to what this post is really about - Art. In my high school years, I took a couple of art classes and was better than I thought I would be....but still, all I wanted to draw was horses! Who would have thought!! I did not persue that interest... so when I see artists like Jeanne, who is doing the painting for us of Sport ... or the amazing painting I am going to post below, I think that maybe sometime in the future, I would enjoy persuing that interest again. I only learned how to draw, never experienced painting of any kind.
This painting makes me want to learn!!