8 X 12 Oil on canvas board
SOLD CommissionMy little buddy, horse trainer, farrier friend Trista has a sister who is equally fond of horses. These two mares are both enjoying greener pastures, having crossed the rainbow bridge (the bay one being the most recent traveler). Trista thought that a painting of the two would be a nice Christmas present for her sister. She managed to sneak some photos out of her sister's house and this is the one I worked from, eliminating all but the two mares and switching their positions in relation to one another. It was a challenge, but one that I enjoyed.
I know what it is like to lose a favored horse. We are told that they can live to be 30, but most horses are lucky to make it to 20. That is a longer life than most dogs enjoy, but still it seems to pass so quickly.
PJ will be 16 this coming Spring - she is 2 months older than our house. Like many livestock owners, we built the corral before we finished the house, and baby PJ and her dam moved onto our farm before we did. I always expected that we would "grow old together", but it's not something I look forward to. PJ's dam died 3 years ago (she was 22), and I miss her still. Miss Jack was definitely the best horse I ever owned. Her grandbaby, Dandy may just take over that distinction, though. Us horse owners always remain optimistic that there is always one more even better horse down the road!
7 “At least there is hope for a tree:
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots will not fail.
8 Its roots may grow old in the ground
and its stump die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put forth shoots like a plant.
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