Wild or Roped?

First, the Wild Horses oil painting, then the inspiration behind it, how I created this art, and a new challenge for self reflection. Are you a wild horse or a roped pony? 

Watch me paint Wild Horses in 2 minutes (time lapse)

The inspiration for this art came after I saw real life videos taken by someone who owns a ranch where wild mustangs freely roam. The footage was breathtaking! He then challenged me to paint wild horses.

I’d never drawn or painted a horse before, but why not? I was teaching an online art class at the time so I assigned “wild horses” to myself as one of the class projects. I’ll show you these lessons now, as you can see step by step how I painted this art.

Session 1 of “Wild Horses

Session 2 of “Wild Horses

Session 3 (final session) of “Wild Horses

Your self-reflection challenge: Are you a wild horse or a roped pony? As most things in life, moderation and balance are key. You might have noticed that I used a painting reference (a photo to look at for guidance on shapes, proportions and perspective to achieve the likeness of the animals and structured composition), but later I stopped using the reference and painted from the heart.

 

Structure and following an established lead is akin to being roped like a pony. Painting (living) from the heart, led by emotion, intuition, and spontaneity is to experience the freedom of a wild mustang. Are you a wild horse or a roped pony?

 

In what areas of your life could you use more rope to reign yourself in, a gentle guide helping you stay in line, and a friendly pat on the head when you’ve stayed on course? In what areas of your life do you need to cut that rope and run free- following no one and nothing but your wildest dreams? Take a moment to ponder this, but don’t wait too long to act. Today, be a wild horse.

Want more?

Want more lessons? Take the full lesson for “Wild Horses” online. Or, start at the beginning of my free distance learning art course. You do not not need to paint- other art mediums work with these lessons also. If you prefer to draw, use watercolors, etc., you’ll still benefit from working through the suggestions and project prompts. Or, if you simply enjoy watching art in the making and prefer not to do the projects, feel free to watch these lessons as shows for entertainment/information only.

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