Start to Finish in Pictures
The story of this artwork in pictures. Scroll down further to read a little more about each stage of this painting.
The Story Behind Each Step
I started this painting with a collage. “Paint over collage” is a technique I learned from Tamara LaPorte. You can find more about the technique here.
I added some stamping of the saying, “kind heart, brave trust, beautiful soul”.
At this point I just liked the saying and wasn’t thinking about any specific meaning or connection.
I added some waves of color and waves in the mane. My idea was to have the waves in the mane merge out into the background.
More swirls and waves added to the background and adding color to the horse.
We had a tornado in our neighborhood when I was at this stage of the painting, and the swirls symbolized that.
Still trying to go with the waves in the background merging with the mane, but at this point, it isn’t really working for me.
The colors are too dark and it isn’t looking like I thought it would.
I began to try to tone the background down and merge the horse with the background more, but it still isn’t making me very happy.
I decided to add a bunch of texture and some softer colors. I am liking the direction this is going now.
Several layers later, I have been adding detail and going back and forth with toning down color and bringing it back out.
I learned that I am happier with letting a painting evolve than with having a preconceived notion.
Brave Trust prints are in the shop.
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The Story of the Name
As I was finishing the painting, I decided to call it “Brave Trust”.
The afternoon that the tornado passed by, about a mile away, we were in the basement because of the tornado warning. I watched my pony standing out in her pasture, with a leg cocked and her tail gently swishing flies. All while leaves were swirling in the air overhead that had been carried up by the tornado.
I began to think about how horses, especially in their lives with humans, have to venture forth each day with brave trust. They step into horse trailers not knowing they are going. (Well, some horses do, anyways!) Even the act of being haltered requires trust. Would you allow yourself to be led someplace new that you had never been, while at the same time knowing that you were not free to leave?
Each interaction that a horse has with us requires them to have Brave Trust. And it is one of the many lessons that we can learn by observing horses and being in relationship with them.