Monday, June 1, 2009

Lookin' For Love in All the Wrong Places

18 X 24 Oil on Canvas
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I started this painting several weeks ago and just couldn't get into it. Originally it had only the cow images - no horse. And I knew it was missing something. Then I remembered when neighbor, Ron, kept his roping horse in the pasture adjacent to ours. One single horse. All alone. Sometimes my horses would hang out with him, separated by the fence. But if I moved them to another pasture, he'd be all alone and looking so sad. Georgia, the Border-Collie-Wanna-Be would go visit him in the morning when she'd do her rounds, and he'd welcome her company, but it wasn't the same as having his horsey neighbors visit.
Horses, like dogs are extremely social animals. They need another warm body nearby, and preferably their own kind. Every now and then you'll run into one who is perfectly happy all alone, but it's rare. They will follow cows around while they graze if they have no other choice. It's their nature to be part of a herd. And many race horses are stabled with companion ponies or goats for that very reason. It keeps them happy, proving that there is a match out there for everyone and every animal.
Psalm 55:13
But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend,


SiLa said...

Thank you for this painting and a story that goes with it :)

Paintdancer said...

What a wonderful painting, Debbie!

Anonymous said...

I love this painting. The horse was the crowning touch.Good work.