'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball

Monday, 26 October 2015

Sun Horse

Sun Horse © Sue Wookey
You may remember this from a couple of posts ago! Sun Horse started out as an Open Studios demo - demos are never usually a good place to produce something really worthwhile - yet somehow he survived all the necessary interruptions and being attacked by one of my sandwiches (!). I finished him off at home, painting the sun into the background and refining some of the places where I felt my hand hadn't been steady enough (hey - it's hard painting and talking at the same time...). I've now fallen completely in love with him, of course. He's the counterpoint to my Moon Horse (below), all radiant energy and fire. Maybe he's been pulling Apollo's chariot?

I finished painting him and then stared and stared at him for nearly a week until I could compose the words to go around the border. Most of my paintings have the moon in there somewhere, so I had to drum up some inner fire for this one before I could come up with:

Over the horizon, the morning sun
rising from the hearth with heart of fire,
ignites the dark to forge the day
and strikes the sky with hooves of light


I've made lovely limited edition prints of Sun Horse which are available from my website at galleyhillart.com.

Moon Horse © Sue Wookey