In this long vertical painting, a horse gallops toward the viewer. The entire length of its body is displayed from hoof to ear-tip, and its form fills the main space of the canvas. Its mane billows and flares in the wind as it runs, and its body tilts to the left side of the canvas displaying its speed and agility. The dark horse gallops against the off-white background, and the form of the horse is made interesting with black and white linework that outlines select areas of the horse, including its muscular breast, its upper front legs, and its neck. The musculature of its hind-end is made apparent by the defined angles that form its hips and thighs. The running horse exemplifies all that is wild, and this painting captures that essence beautifully. The horse has little concern for anything except the feeling of freedom that it experiences as it runs.
Paulette says, “Early on the morning when I started this horse painting, I went down to the creek below my home studio, waded through, stuck my face in, and collected a bucket of creek water. I came back to my studio with mud between my toes and then mixed the creek water with paint to create my Creek Washes on this new horse painting.
The three “primary” colors I used on this painting are Ultramarine Blue, Azo Yellow, and Quinacridone Magenta. I also used Titanium White. I mix the 3 colors together at different ratios. The way I use them kinda feels like I’m riding a wave and just seeing where it takes me.
Comments about this horse painting posted on social media:
Melissa Crosson wrote, “Nice movement. I love the bold white lines too. Beautiful.”
Ann Mcnulty wrote, “That could possibly be my favorite of your most recent works!”