- Dee Dee Murry : Elements Converge - by Sarah H. Crampton
- The Norwegian Fjord - by Debbie Hughbanks
- Karen Bonnie : Painting Real Culture by Pam Eggemeyer
- Leonardo Mesquita : A Glimpse of Uruguay
- Kathleen Friedenberg : Bronze Alive - by L. A. Pomeroy
- The Unmistakable Watercolors of Don Weller - by Sarah H. Crampton
- Susan Monty : Second Chances
- Ann Hanson : "What You See Is What You Get" by Sarah H. Crampton
- Carol Peek : Simple Beauty - by Helen Ranta
- Carla Sanchez : When Did this Happen? by Shirley Ramsey
- Pointillism by Pat Schermerhorn
- Carien Schippers : The Great Horse Drive
- Tranquil Moments – The Paintings of Laurie Kersey by Sarah H. Crampton
In this issue artist Don Weller states that he believes a painting should ask more questions than it answers. I think this is a thought provoking philosophy about art, but it often applies to life.
We question what we want to be when we grow up nearly all our lives. We ask ourselves if we are happy in our current job, circumstance, or situations of all kinds. Some might think this is not appreciating what you have or what you have accomplished, and it is certainly easier to sit still. However, countless times I have heard that artists do just the opposite. They start to question their career choices as the desire to paint or sculpt becomes so overwhelming; they simply have to take the path that allows them to dedicate more of life to the creation of fine art.
I have found many parallels in the world of art and horses. While reading a book about training horses that was discussing an approach and training philosophy, I came upon these words:
"You need the drive to continue asking questions until the answers are truly gratifying and bring true happiness, no matter how often you might founder, because success comes down to being good at finding questions, not at finding answers. He who does not continually question, dies without hope long before his actual physical death. 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." — Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling
This questioning and mind-opening attitude is often communicated in artwork of all genres and styles, but also in the portrayal of a beautiful subject – the horse. Enjoy!