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February 17, 2013
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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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AnnaCStansfield Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh, I love this. This is so gorgeous! 
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:meow: Thanks!
Ankylosaurornis 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. :) 
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Thank you very much!
Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
beautifully painted :) 
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Beautifully painted.
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks!
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! :)
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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