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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

H is for Horse - Painting a Day

A to Z Challenge

The Painting A to Z continues and is challenging for certain. Today, "H" is for Horse. I've always wanted to paint a horse of many colors. Today I discovered, that is easier said than done.
"Wild and Free" - acrylic painting ©Mary Montague Sikes

Last summer, when we were vacationing in Avon, Colorado, I fell in love with the horse sculpture that greets visitors to the town. A photograph I took of it inspired this painting, "Wild and Free" which is abstract and a just for fun image. The painting is 14" x 11" acrylic on stretched canvas.

I have always admired horses but never learned to ride one. My only previous experience with creating horse image art was using pastels.


Please check out my interview today at Terry Odell's blog.

18 comments:

Grover said...

I love your theme! I only came across your blog today so I have some catching up to do on your earlier posts!

Grover
Inane Ramblings

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks for visiting, Grover!

CedarCreekPublishing said...

Beautiful! I published a book entitled A IS FOR ART which featured a painting for each letter of the alphabet. It was a special fundraising project for the local art center. Let me know when you're finished! ;)

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Cedar Creek. I'll let you know.

Inger said...

I really enjoy visiting you and your daily paintings. They just keep getting more and more enchanting.

Amy Sikes said...

This horse is gorgeous! I think this set of paintings/drawings is really amazing!

Julie Flanders said...

What beautiful colors! I love this one.

I've never learned to ride a horse either. That's something I hope to change someday. They are such gorgeous and majestic animals.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Inger, thank you so much for visiting and keeping up!

Amy, thank you. I'm so happy you like them!

Julie, thank you so much. My uncle owned a stable. Before I ever got a chance to ride, a pony ran away with my cousin and me in the pony cart. Then, I saw my uncle get thrown from his favorite horse. It was all too traumatic!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Beautiful, Mary!
Now who was saying they didn't think they could do animal paintings...?

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, Alex. I still prefer the mixed media non-objective.

Michael Di Gesu said...

I rember when you showed those pics!

Gorgeous painting! I WANT a Mary Montague Aikes painting... Hopefully someday I will be able to purchase one.... I mean it! I love your art!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Michael, thank you. I would love for you to have one!

c.b. said...

Beautiful painting! I am in awe of people who can create such wonderful works of art!

Happy A to Zing! :-)

http://cbwentworth.wordpress.com

Stephanie Allen said...

Beautiful! I'm impressed with people who can create things like this since I have no artistic talent whatsoever :)

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, C B, for visiting and liking the work.

Thanks, Stephanie, for the compliment!

Chuck said...

Monti, another great work that has so much energy and life to it, I am amazed you were done in a day.

Chuck at Apocalypse Now

JoJo said...

This is amazing!

Sharon Himsl said...

Love it. I'm a horse gal. Never owned one but loved to ride as a girl.