Go to see about a dying horse. Some time ago I saw two horses when I walked across a small meadow. I was on my way to Museum Singer at Laren, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. It so happened that they were standing close to my favorite tree I painted years ago (Autumn Tree at Laren).
I am not a trained doctor in horses’ physiology but I saw from the motionless body of the lying horse and her rapid eye movements she was in poor shape, not to speak of immiment death lurking. The other horse was standing on guard next to it. How fascinated I was by the beauty of the verticality and horizontal positions of both horses! When I returned from the museum both horses were removed. Whatever happened I don’t know but I am an artist and what I can do is to immortalize that horse having shown its compositary beauty right in front of me.
Normally I do not draw or paint animals but sometimes they do occur in a work, like my graphite pencil drawing ‘Roundism – 12-04-18’. What makes this one special is that animals play the main role instead of being supporting actors. No reason to worry though, I treated them in my roundism style just the same as other nudes. Actually I am surprized how quickly I managed to capture them on paper. Personally I like the linear contour delineation at the top of the standing horse best. Even though there is a line, it enables the horse to ‘breathe’ into the paper. It connects it pefectly to the negative space around it.
Click here to read about the sale of this art work to a dutch collector.
Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Strathmore Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm – A4 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers