"Caboose," inspired by Doc, 6" square, acrylic equine portrait on canvasboard, not for sale. Inquiries may come to me.
Today a friend bid goodbye to her horse, a sweet tempered buckskin who danced his way into more studios than I can count. Doc is mourned by those who loved him, those who created art inspired by him, and those who didn't know him but do know Juliet.
Doc came to Juliet from a series of neglectful owners, and her gentle care restored his health, giving him the best years of his life. You could see the joy in his movement, a love of his newfound role as cherished companion and muse, and his ceaseless delight in the simpler things (like treats from the whinny-ing cookie jar).
And why, you ask, am I painting a portrait of his butt? Well, there's a secret society of artists, my friend and myself included, who find great inspiration (both real and tongue in cheek) from this end of the horse. Besides, she's already got a jillion and one traditional studies of him.
Doc will always be a few strides away from the tip of my paintbrush, Juliet. I'll have this piece ready to hand over when we meet up in Saratoga next week, and we can shed tears properly over a pint or two of Ben & Jerry's.
Hugs go out to everyone who knows this type of loss.
Thanks for following along with my artwork,