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Out to Pasture by ART-fromthe-HEART Out to Pasture by ART-fromthe-HEART
He was the oldest horse I'd ever seen - passing by the owner's pasture we'd often see a swaybacked horse nibbling at the high grasses. I want to meet that horse, take his picture, paint him. I'm fascinated by the way time ages. Surfaces that were once clean and smooth become textured and discolored. With most of the culture obsessed with "being ageless" I find my own thoughts odd. I like to see the signs of life. The scars, the colors, the wrinkles and flaws of perfection. It's a biography of life, telling of our travels and who we are.

I finally got to meet that old horse. His name is Bonsai, he's 38 years old. A gentle gelding, he lived with four other horses. One of which was 20 years old and his constant companion. Bonsai walked with a slow waving gait, head low and back dipped like a half-pipe. When the sun glinted off the hoof beaten part of the pasture, his orange belly seemed to glow. Bonsai was born in 1974 on that very farm, and only left it once when the owner rode him down the street to visit a neighbor. He rode easily, but the owner was content with him being a pasture puppy. He was only ridden that one time. Bonsai was happy with his easy-going life. I felt honored to have met him, such an old and graceful animal. Most people would not find him beautiful, but I did. There was much wisdom in those old eyes.

"Out to Pasture" 8x10" acrylic on wood. (C) Cara Bevan 2013
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DawnSable Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
He looks skinny, that's because he's old right?
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, he's very bow backed. He was 38. When they get above 20-25 they have a hard time keeping weight on. And their backs sag badly too. Was doing pretty well for his age though!
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DawnSable Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
! I doon't know what to say, I'm speechless xD
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
When I heard his age so was I! XD :wow:
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DawnSable Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Lol xD :O
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KittenWhisker Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Amazing!..
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: thank you!
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agnes21 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Wonderful! Heart 
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Nislande Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is the most beautiful thing I have ever read, gotta love the oldies :)
I love how you've captured him in this position too, and old horse who had a good life by the sound of it.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Thank you very much, he was such an inspiring old soul. :hug:
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AnnaCStansfield Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh, I love this. This is so gorgeous! 
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:meow: Thanks!
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Ankyloce Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student General Artist
This is such as incredible painting! Absolutely stunning :love: I love how you did the lighting. :) 
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Thank you very much!
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
beautifully painted :) 
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:love:
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NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Beautifully painted.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks!
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Fonset Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this, I don't have words for it, but I love it. It is absolutely great that you value this old horse so much, whereas so many others would pay him no heed. I think he is beautiful not only for his colour, but the fact that he has been a loyal animal for 38 years, and a presumably very kind one as well. 

Thank you for painting this, it's nice to see something like this for a change! :)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you, I just wish he could speak and share his wisdom, I'm sure he had quite a lot of stories to tell. :)
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Fonset Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just realized how much your user name relates to art such as this, that's wonderful!
And he must've had plenty of stories to tell indeed,filtered through his innocent but wise horse-features. :)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL my username just kinda came to me and it stuck! ;) Thank you, I'm glad he had a great long life full of many stories we can only imagine. :heart:
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kmsande Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
Great work!  I think he's beautiful too! :)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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ZsofiaGyuker Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
This painting has so much love shining out! :) Amazing work!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you, among my favorites :love:
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sparkpaw Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this may be one of my favorite peices of all time now. <3 Thank you for painting it, and sharing Bonsai with us.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you, I'm happy to have shared him with you :heart:
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xBiggers Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like! :D
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:thumbsup: Yay!
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MakeMyArt Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
at first glance I thought it was a photo! O.O
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Teehee, thanks!
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MakeMyArt Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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seed-of-beauty Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautifully captured and such a respectful portrait of an old horse.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Thank you!
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Citron--Vert Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feature your wonderful deviation here [link]
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you so much!
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Citron--Vert Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome
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CozmicDreamer Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I love him too! Lovely work!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:meow: Thanks!
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SquirrelyTodd Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i cried while reading your description. reminds me a lot of an old mare i once had.
beautiful painting also. absolutely gorgeous
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:happycry: I wish I could've seen Bonsai in all his years like his owner had. The owner was so touched to see his boy (who'd seen him be born on the very farm he died at) immortalized. Thank you :hug:
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Sofia-SN Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
left me speechless... so calm yet so full of emotion... *_*
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks!
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kobaltkween Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Such a beautiful portrait, and a moving tribute.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you. :)
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naomih91 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful picture, you've imortalized him perfectly in this picture
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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BaneEden Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing story, what a lovely horse. And what a lovely painting :heart:
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