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The Brawn

New Series

This is the first piece in a new series of drawings.  With Calgary Stampede and Heritage Days fast approaching it seems fitting to focus my attention on western life.  Growing up on a farm, I remember how exciting this time of year always was.  It was thrilling to see baby animals, new plants,  mud (yes, mud was fun), and the end of the school year.  Simple pleasures, it seems, but with these simple pleasures came a sense of newness and starting fresh.

 

Western Series - 13.5 x 16.5 Graphite on Bristol
Western Series – 13.5 x 16.5 Graphite on Bristol

 

 14 x 17 Graphite

The Brawn

The brawn, or muscle and strength of the horse, was my focus in this drawing. I wanted to capture the power, fortitude, and splendor that these beautiful animals possess.

“If you have seen nothing but the beauty of their markings and limbs, their true beauty is hidden from you.”  -Al Mutannabbi