- Inspired Brushwork - William St.George - by Sarah Crampton
- Living the Life - J.F. Policky - by Jo Auburne
- The 3-D Effect - Lynn Bean - by Lea Rakeli
- Painting with Confidence and Style - Margo Mitchell - by Jo Auburne
- Franklin B. Voss - American Sporting Artist - by Sarah Crampton
- Equine Fine Art Photography - by Debby Thomas
There is so much in this world that is unexplainable. Ergo, we spend much of our lives trying to figure out why and how things happen. This questioning is a never ending process, and the learning a lifelong pursuit.
The unexplainable is no stranger to people with horses and animals. I owned a dog that took a week, but managed to find his way home across unfamiliar ground somehow crossing two freeways unharmed. My old quarter horse gelding is our foal-alert mechanism. I put him in the paddock next to the mare who is about to foal. When she starts to foal, he starts to nicker encouragement. I leave my window open and sleep peacefully, knowing he will wake me when its time.
An artist in this Fall 2005 issue wrote about astrology and relates it to horses. Astrology is not an exact science, yet it seems to hint at answers to many unexplainable patterns. I read twenty some years after I was married that according to the year and month I was born, my perfect mate would be someone born in the year of the snake, and under the sign of Leo. Luckily for me, my husband fits that criteria. Wouldn’t it be great if this was indeed guided by the stars?
The world of art in general falls into the realm of the unexplainable. People who have the talent and the drive to create music, paintings, sculpture, and so on, regardless of the circumstances, continue to do so. Read the article Against the Grain by Alexandra Joy for a hint of the angst that can be part of the artist’s inspiration to create.
In a way, that is why we publish this magazine – to attempt to explain the unexplainable. The artists create works of art, and we would like to know how and why.
In the book What Horses Reveal, reviewed in this issue, the author Klaus Hempfling addresses this very concept. It is somewhat surprising to find the philosophy of life in a book about training horses.
“And he who is unrelenting and good at finding and formulating questions, finally realizes that the answers are his life itself — the fulfilled days of his existence.” —Klause Hempfling
The artists in this issue strive to portray one of life’s unexplainable phenomenas — the horse and his relationship to man. Enjoy!
Horses in Art
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