On a somewhat less serious note, there is potential for trouble when Lise and I get together, because, well, equine art aside, neither of us takes life too seriously and we seem to share an ability to see the absurd in things. Lise actually has a blog to that effect: The Big Filly Adventures. She's documenting her experience with her lovely Warmblood filly, Tia, and is in the process of developing these adventures into children's books. Over this past winter, which seemed so long and dreary, the adventures of Tia and Lise brightened many of my days! You can also see more of Lise's artwork on her blog, and Big Filly Adventures also has a website.
"Eyes are the window to the soul" as the saying goes. To me there is something in the expression of a horse, that is not only a window ~ but a mirror . It's impossible to look at a horse and not see the history of servitude which this noble animal has given to the human race. Wars ~ won and lost, civilizations built, miles travelled, sustenance ~ all on the backs of horses.
The reflection is not always nice. To understand what a horse endures at the hands of people, means to look hard at humanity.
I cannot look into a horse's eye and not be moved ~ to inquire deeper into the truth of the animal, my own truth, and that of or my ancestors.
It's this quality that pulls me to my pastels.
Lise M LeBlanc