I seem to be overloaded with things at the moment and I am endeavouring to rectify this and get back to some serious art work
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I seem to be overloaded with things at the moment and I am endeavouring to rectify this and get back to some serious art work
crayola have a lot to answer for!
I thought my work with nails was time consuming – although I had only to worry about one colour (but two sizes!!!)
this work is not only very clever but also beautiful
heres the link to his website: Christian Faur
enjoy and be amazed……..
I am currently working on a painting as a commissioned piece. My good friends Martin
and Claire who have moved to Wales have been converting an old Chapel house, upon a recent visit it is almost complete and a mighty fine job Martin has made. They had spoken about purchasing a painting from me but this fell by the wayside and instead set a challenge for myself, Jo, Hugh and Su to produce a painting each; we were dually given a blank canvas and told to paint whatever we wanted!!!
Here is the second stage at present, deciding on the rest of the colour schemes – mixing lots of colours tee hee:)
Monty Roberts, the American horse trainer and author, best known as the “original horse whisperer”, has been around the animals all of his 73 years but has never seen one 50 metres tall. A computerised impression of Mark Wallinger’s giant sculpture drew a gasp. “I’m absolutely gobsmacked,” he said.
The former stunt double, who, after watching wild mustangs in Nevada as a boy, devised ways of communicating with horses that did not involve forcibly “breaking them in”, is not just wowed by the scale of the proposed sculpture. “This man is a genius, there’s no question about it. There’s an incredible sense of balance and symmetry to the horse. I don’t know if he even knows what he’s done in terms of the skeletal balance and symmetry of the horse – he may well do. But often times sculptors … simply have a mind’s eye that recreates what they see as perfection. [Wallinger] has captured reality to the extreme. Often times it doesn’t have to a person who really understands horses at all but they have the artistry to imprint in their minds what they see as excellence, and then to do it.”
A fan also of the ancient white horses cut into chalk hillsides of the English countryside, Roberts has unsuccessfully asked for a similar one, of his own, at his California ranch. Pat, his wife, is a sculptor, with a perhaps inevitable horse specialisation. “I’ve tried desperately for the last 10 or 15 years to get my wife to do one on a hill that overlooks our farm. I’ve said to her, ‘I’ll provide the stones, get a horse on that hillside’.”
As someone who concedes he “can’t tolerate” abstract work, Roberts admires Wallinger’s unadorned reality, and cannot wait to see the full- size sculpture. “I just feel like the guy and I have an eye that is similar. Not that I can make it happen. I’ve tried that damned thing with the clay and the clay doesn’t go where I want it to go. To see it would be overwhelming. It would be a shock to the system to drive down the road and see that. I would love it, myself. It’s just pretty amazing.”
And what if the horse, which, to Roberts, looks like “a classic hunter”, were real, and even the loftiest ladder wouldn’t permit a soothing blow into the nostrils?
“I wouldn’t call it frightening at all,” the horse whisperer said. “Awesome, stunning – but I suppose that if you didn’t know you were coming up on it, it would be a real shock to the system.”
As said, I would post more horse connections, someone at the telegraph had the same idea
I’ll post this list and add some more myself, some overlap
White horse video
The horse in Guernica
At the heart of Picasso’s monumental depiction of the bombing of a northern Spanish town by the Nazis in 1937 stands the twisted, agonised figure of a horse, which has been pierced by a spear. The suffering of the townspeople all around is echoed in the human skull discernible in the shape of the horse’s nostrils and teeth.
The Rain Horse
“At the wood top, with the silvered grey light coming in behind it, the black horse was standing under the oaks, its head high and alert, its ears pricked, watching him.” Never has equine hostility been more effectively captured than in Ted Hughes’s short story about a walker menaced during a downpour on a treacherously muddy northern hillside.
The Guinness surf horses
Lloyd’s Bank’s black beauty may have enjoyed a longer screen life, but the best commercial with an equine element was Guinness’s black-and-white, 119-second epic of 1999 in which a curling, crashing wall of Hawaiian surf transmogrifies into a thundering stampede of wild white horses. Two years later, it was voted number one in Channel 4′s 100 Greatest TV Adverts.
Khartoum in The Godfather
In Mario Puzo’s bestselling Mob story, movie producer Jack Woltz makes the mistake of not acquiescing to a request from Don Corleone, with the result that he wakes up one morning to find himself in bed with the severed head of his prized stud. The white silk sheets are ruined for ever.
Patti Smith’s Horses
New York punk poet Smith looks rather equine herself on the cover of Horses, her incendiary debut album of 1975. The sprawling track Land is a savage, surreal and delirious odyssey, which takes off when “suddenly Johnny gets the feeling he’s being surrounded by/Horses, horses, horses, horses/Coming in in all directions/White shining silver studs with their nose in flames.”
“Coconuts” in Monty Python and the Holy Grail
King Arthur “rides” up to an imposing castle as his trusty servant Patsy provides appropriate sound effects. The gatekeeper isn’t fooled, exclaiming: “You’re using coconuts!” There then follows a ludicrous debate about the logistics of tropical fruit being carried to temperate Mercia by migrating swallows.
“The autobiography of a horse, translated from the original equine by Anna Sewell,” claims the title page of the 1877 novel about the upbringing, career (as a London taxi-horse), love life (with the playful Ginger) and happy twilight years of the best-loved horse in literature.
Edwin Muir’s The Horses
“Barely a twelvemonth after/The seven days war that put the world to sleep,/Late in the evening the strange horses camee_SLps” Muir’s powerful poem presents a devastated post-apocalyptic world transformed by the arrival of an equine population that uncomplainingly pulls ploughs and provides transport – “Their coming our beginning”.
In the American sitcom of the early Sixties, architect Wilbur Post finds that the previous owners of his new house have left behind a horse who engages him – and only him – in conversation. It was said the horse “playing” Mr Ed had peanut butter spread on his gums to make him move his lips, though it later emerged that his trainer tugged on a nylon wire at least some of the time.
The Byrds’ Chestnut Mare
“I’m gonna catch that horse if I can/And when I do I’ll give her my brand.” The Byrds’ strange country-rock epic about an elusive wild horse refers to her as “a fine lady” who will be “just like a wife”. Then things start getting really weird as they fly towards the sun, encounter exploding seagulls and end up in a mile-deep crevice.
George Stubbs’s massive, magnificent 1762 painting of a celebrated racehorse marks a radical break with convention by dramatically floating its equine subject in empty space – though there’s a theory that this is actually an unfinished equestrian portrait of George III, minus monarch and background landscape.
Laura Hillenbrand’s 2001 biography re-established the Thirties horseracing legend in the American psyche. Hollywood followed her lead two years later to bring the story to the big screen, thrillingly placing us right in the middle of the thunderous racing action.
The Lascaux herd
Of the 600 verified depictions of animals on the walls of the Lascaux caves in central France more than half are horses leaping gracefully through what is, in effect, a 16,000-year-old comic strip.
The horses in Equus
In Peter Shaffer’s 1973 play, Alan, a seemingly well-adjusted stable lad is one night driven inexplicably to blind six horses: an overworked psychiatrist is charged with finding out why. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe played Alan in the West End and last month(Sept) opened to rave reviews in the Broadway production.
An acute observer of countryside ways, Punch cartoonist Norman Thelwell struck a chord with his first pony picture in 1953. The fan mail poured in and his niche for charming, gently humorous drawings of little girls and their reluctant mounts (each with “a leg at each corner”) was established.
Silver in The Lone Ranger
“Hi-yo Silver, away!” The long-running TV series boasted probably the best-known horseback battle-cry, uttered as the masked Texas Ranger gallops through the desert dust to dispense justice accompanied by his loyal companion Tonto (on his own horse Scout).
Pilgrim in The Horse Whisperer
After a bone-crunching accident, jittery rider Grace and her mount Pilgrim are whizzed across the States by Mom to Montana, where all three fall under the spell of tetchy, taciturn rancher Tom Booker.
America’s A Horse With No Name
The band America’s gentle, hippy anthem about a horseback journey through a scorched desert was actually written in rain-sodden Britain and features such memorably silly lines as, “The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz” and “The heat was hot.”
Rocinante in Don Quixote
The self-styled knight-errant expresses unbounded confidence in his skinny mount, fancying that “neither Alexander’s Bucephalus nor Cid’s Babieca was equal to him”. He then spends four days trying to think of what to call him, finally plumping for Rocinante, a name “lofty and sonorous”.
The mount in Napoleon Crossing the St Bernard Pass
With its rearing steed and heroic windswept rider, this is one of the most celebrated equestrian images in art, painted by Jacques-Louis David – in five versions – to mark the First Consul’s jaunt into Italy at the head of 40,000 troops in 1800.
Pi in National Velvet
In the 1944 movie adaptation of Enid Bagnold’s story, 12-year-old Elizabeth Taylor stars as plucky Velvet Brown, who wins Pi in the village lottery and, with the help of trainer Mickey Rooney, eventually gallops to glory in the Grand National. Heart-warming to heart-stopping excitement.
Champion the Wonder Horse
“The time will come when everyone will know/The name of Champion the Wonder Horse!” The Fifties television series is memorable more for its rollicking theme song than its tales of a wild stallion repeatedly required to rescue his hapless 12-year-old friend Ricky.
Shadowfax in The Lord of the Rings
“Shadowfax, the lord of all horses,” murmurs wise old wizard Gandalf warmly as his beloved silver-grey stallion – the swiftest steed in Middle-Earth – trots into view.
Uffington White Horse
Why Britain’s oldest hillside figure was cut into the chalky slopes of the Berkshire Downs 3,000 years ago remains a mystery, although it’s said that, since the elegant galloping creature can be properly appreciated only from the air, it was created for the bird’s-eye view of the gods.
The Houyhnhnms in Gulliver’s Travels
They’re sophisticated intellectuals who practise eugenics, prize reason above all else, and have no word for “lie”. And they’re horses. Once Gulliver has persuaded the Houyhnhnms that he’s not the scruffy human-like Yahoo they mistake him for, he feels more at home than anywhere on his travels – until they banish him back to Europe.
The White Horses
A teatime TV favourite in the late Sixties, imported from Europe by the BBC and over-dubbed, White Horses featured the adventures of Belgrade schoolgirl Julia, who holidays on the stud farm where her Uncle Dimitri trains Lipizzaners. The theme song went top-10 in 1968.
Warbling cowboy Roy Rogers’s palomino buddy starred with him in more than 100 films and was immortalised in the song A Four-Legged Friend (“He’ll never let you down”). Forty three years after his death, the stuffed figure of Trigger is the star attraction at the Rogers museum in Branson, Missouri, which draws 200,000 visitors a year.
“One lunchtime Ted saw Ernie’s horse and cart outside her door/It drove him mad to find it was still there at half past four.” That horse was Trigger, who, according to Benny Hill’s 1971 number-one hit Ernie, pulled “the fastest milkcart in the west”.
Hercules in Steptoe and Son
Domiciled in Oil Drum Lane with the eternally warring rag-and-bone men Albert and Harold, Hercules was seen every week in the opening credits, accompanied by the suitably plodding theme tune Old Ned.
The Wooden Horse
Despite playing a key role in this tense Second World War POW-camp drama, the eponymous hero is distinctly lacking in noble mien – and the acting’s a bit creaky.
source:By Marc Lee
I have some up my sleeve and will post shortly, although I spent time finding images
A giant white horse has been chosen as a new £2m art commission for south east England dubbed “Angel of the South”.
The design, by former Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger, was selected from a three-strong shortlist as part of the Ebbsfleet Landmark Project.
His design for the public art commission will see a horse standing on all four hooves at 33 times life-size.
Once built, it will dominate the north Kent landscape, standing as high as Nelson’s Column at about 164ft (50m).
The announcement was made at Swan Valley Community School in Swanscombe in Kent, which overlooks the Springhead Park area where the giant statue will be built.
The landmark, which will be close to Eurostar’s international station, is intended as an iconic symbol representing the regeneration of north-west Kent, and the eastwards growth of London.
Mr Wallinger, who was chosen over artists Daniel Buren and Richard Deacon, described it as a “tremendously exciting project”.
“There was some very tough competition and I am honoured that the horse has won through,” he said.
His team will be involved in an application for planning permission from Gravesham Borough Council, which is expected to take about 12 months.
The Ebbsfleet Landmark Project has been dubbed the “Angel of the South”, in reference to Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North sculpture which overlooks the A1 motorway in Gateshead.
A prancing white horse is the logo for the county council and has been the symbol of Kent for hundreds of years.
However, a sculpture of the Invicta, supported by Kent County Council in response to Mr Wallinger’s entry, was rejected by judges last year.
Victoria Pomery, chairman of the Ebbsfleet Landmark Project’s selection panel, said their decision was based on “artistic merit”.
She added: “Mark is a superb artist of world renown and his sculpture will become a real landmark for Ebbsfleet and the whole region.”
Last week, organisers of the project said they were still hoping it would be in place for the London 2012 Olympics, despite the recession.
Project manager Mark Davy revealed to the BBC that there could be short-term funding problems for the Ebbsfleet scheme.
It was commissioned by Eurostar, London & Continental Railways and Land Securities, the developers of Ebbsfleet Valley.
Great news, something for us southerners!
which got me thinking – famous white horses….. then famous horses so here goes… more will be added shortly as and when my mind comes up with them!