For one of my BFFs, who is also an artist, we came up with animals to do for each other each year in lieu of birthday, Christmas and other celebrations and call the day "Festivus"after an episode in the Jerry Seinfeld show. This day is celebrated whenever we are ready - usually in spring. Mainly, we find each other little gifts on the theme and we also do our own art of the animal. 2014 was the Year of the Horse (my Chinese birth symbol) and I marked a milestone birthday (60), plus it was my turn to pick, so I felt the horse was apropo for the theme.
I love horses, but I've actually only ridden on one once when I turned 50 and my husband took me to Cancun. I rode the horse "Sailor" out into the ocean at sunset - magical! Even though I've not had much experience dealing and relating to horse (visiting farms, racetracks, westerns and nature shows) I've always loved this beautiful creature and everything it represents. I decided I would make my friend an art Horse book like I once did with Hopi Spirits for another artist for the Secret Santa exchange. The pages are approximately 9" x 12" and are bounded by Japanese book binding and adorned with beads and feathers. Before binding the book, I sewed down each horse page except the cover and last page in different colored threads. Then after binding the book, I then cut the pages open following the colored threads. I had to loosen the book a little by placing weights on the pages so it'll be easier to open when I present it.
|Cover Page: Horses from the caves of Lascaux (Charcoal on watercolor tinted paper)|
|Spirit Horse - watercolor with use of Golden medium done using some of the Imago Intaglio methods.|
|Dark Horse - Prisma colored pencils on blue watercolor tinted paper|
|Ocean horse - watercolor and gouache|
|Winter Horse - Watercolor with a bit of metallic watercolor splash|
|Spring Meadow Horse - a fauvish horse and landscape in watercolor|
|Last page - Horse Head Nebula in watercolors with use of metallic watercolors|
|Clockwise from Left: Tamara de Lempicka, David Galchutt, Umberto Boccioni, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Audrey Kawasaki, Edgar Degas, Alice Neel|