Thursday, April 7, 2011

Maggie's Day (NYC Carriage Horse) 6x6 Inches, Acrylic

$100 & $10 S&H

I'll admit to being a bit of a spoilsport about stuff like this, but even though I desperately wanted to go for a carriage ride in Central Park, I insisted on picking a driver who was kind to his horse.  You see them shoving and yanking the horses into a parking line - never patting them, never talking to them, never making eye contact.  Yeah, that's right, I said eye contact.  Ever since I was a child I sort of blurred the lines between people and animals - and the term 'beasts of burden' just makes me cringe.  I see that we need animals to help us with things - but it doesn't kill us to be kind or grateful that their lives are subject to our will.  OoooooooK!  Getting off the soap box!
I loved the design of this, and the straps were something I didn't notice until I started painting.  I actually eliminated a couple of straps and checks - really - do we need to tie their heads in 5 ways?  But this is Maggie, and her driver was caring and kind to her. Just why there was this pouffy thing on her head I don't know, but it did catch your eyes!
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15 comments:

  1. Kelley - great piece! Love the colors and the brushwork! My heart goes out to those horses too.

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  2. Love Maggie and all her finery. The colors in her leads and harness along with the reds and yellows are beautiful against her coat color and mane. Love the way you painted the mane- Pure Kelley hearing it had to be a "kind to animals" driver:)

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  3. I feel the same way-its not fair those guys having to work that had all the tim while others are romping around on placed like Chinkotegue...
    I love the paint handling and compositions- a winner!

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  4. Excellent painting with the grays and then the bits of lively color. Also, I happen to love horses and you did a great job on Maggie too. She really looks like a workin' girl... you have captured the stance well.
    Stay on the soap box. I totally agree with you re: being kind and grateful. Who do we think we are anyway :-)

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  5. You did a geat job on 'Maggie'...she feels as though she is doin' her job and with an air of sophistication with all of the colorful straps and top knots. I know why they have the eye shields but I have never liked them. I agree with you...you should state how you feel!!!

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  6. Maggie is terrific!!! You did a wonderful job! Especially love all of the colors in the whites of her mane. I'm the same way about animals. I would much rather watch a movie where a human suffers than an animal. Just can't take that! So glad Maggie has a nice handler.

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  7. Maggie is beautiful Kelley. You captured her accessories and mane so well. I'm glad too that she was respected.

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  8. Fun piece! Great values in the mane.

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  9. Right On! I can't bear animal suffering and I'll stop there, but this is a fantastic painting Kelley. Love everything about it!

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  10. A great painting and a great horse. I like you am a great animal lover and so is the rest of my family. At one time, my oldest daughter had five dogs and three horses. I love the way you painted the mane.

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  11. oooh! So Nice, Kelly. This is such a winner. You need to enter this into some shows.

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  12. Yes, Quite excellent! great color, brushwork and personality

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