In 2013, my husband Paul was national president of the Associated General Contractors of America. For our Charleston, South Carolina meeting, the AGC wives executive board went on a historical tour via a horse drawn carriage. Charleston is beautiful and very inspiring to me as a painter. We saw many sites of great old world architecture and learned about the locals and the great south. I took a picture of this buggy coming towards us.
Painting this piece was also a very interesting painting experience for me. Something seemed off with my drawing of the horse coming forward. After studying it for an hour and I could not identify the problem. Here’s what happened. In a prior workshop, a student had asked me to paint one of my demonstration flowers to a more finished level. I couldn’t find the photo I painted from so using a similar one, I carefully painted the shadows I saw in the photograph on top of it. Surprisingly, it looked like it was in 3D. So on “Southern History” I took a deep breath and painted the shadows on the horse concentrating boldly and not worrying if anything below was different. The horse jumped off the page…snicker, snicker.