“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt …
The last time I try to paint a horse here was a disaster. “I can’t paint horses.”
I haven’t done anything serious with my art in four days. Been doing a LOT of cleaning, yard work, unpacking a bit, and decorating. Trimmed our little potted evergreen tree this morning. Finally took my travel watercolor paint kit, medium round brush, Mason jar filled with water, and pad of 140 lb. cold press paper outside to poke around for inspiration.
What to paint? Not a plant or sprig. I wandered about the 6-acre property where we live, towards the Norfolk Island pines and noticed the neighbor’s horses were out.
“I can’t paint horses.”
I parked myself near an old picnic table and started sketching first in pencil, then laying down some pale watercolor washes. I finished with my Micron ink Brush marker and darker washes of watercolor paint.
I must confess … I don’t care much for horses. I am not a horse lover. I like them, alright. But I don’t “love” them. And I haven’t studied their faces, their bodies, their forms or colors the way I look at something like say a plant, flower, pine cone, or the shape of the trees against the sky.
So when I started this sketch and as I was painting it, I thought of this quote …
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
And I’m glad I did something today that I didn’t throw away, something I wanted to share with you here and now.
Thanks for viewing my artwork and reading this blog!
Maybe tomorrow I will try a horse with a wreath around its neck. I think I am starting to take more interest in these great beasts.