Sunday, May 26, 2013


"SequoiaSecoya14 board
Well I must admit she was giving me trouble, but, I persisted and decided she wouldn't beat me. John encouraged me to keep going. Sometimes painting is a mystery my brain plays tricks with me and I tend to listen to the voice who says " Oh so you think you can manage to work on Secoya we'll see about this one". Consequently a lot of stops and starts. Like a horse having a bad day with the rider!

Sequoia came all the way from Kentucky when she was 4 years old, and now she is 8 She & Holly, her owner, are best friends ,very comfortable together.

Willow, the dog in my last blog, often takes the trip to the Stables and is well behaved just minding her business enjoying her outings. It's a beautiful area lots of hills and dales including a place called Happy Valley great for good walks lots of trees and interesting places for Holly to spend time with her two best friends taking in good fresh air and time to think before her busy day starts working on her pottery classes.

Painting a black horse probably is a hard painting to achieve, reflections that seem to be the hardest to work on and make look natural along with bone structure. Horses come in all shapes and sizes from looking regal to Sequoia who is a sweet girl not highly strung a friend that will give a lot of pleasure through the years and other than being fed and watered and having a good home  she will have many happy years to come.

It has been a wonderful opportunity to learn more about painting animals. thanks Holly.



  1. Lovely horse and lovely painting.I think painting black animals is really difficult so think you have done an excellent job with this one.
    Happy Valley sounds like a great place.

  2. Sequioa and Willow are lovely. Willow looks so much like my grandson's dog. Her name is Lila. She is here everyday with our son, while Seth is in school.
    I can well imagine that anything black is so hard to paint, but always remember what a magnificent job you did with our Cleo. She is still up there on the bookcase nearby Alice. Everyday I see their portraits and admire what you do...and your generosity.
    Have a lovely weekend.xoxo