Su Nimon, an artist who has the neighboring studio to me at Second April Art Galerie asked as I was leaving for the day what I had been working on. I told her putting paint ON the canvas and then taking paint OFF the canvas. I was sneaking in a fun, quick portrait to get back in the saddle after the holidays. I didn't anticipate not being able to leave the starting gate! Or maybe I should say I encountered 'balking' of my muse! I spent the last two days working on a painting of my daughter and ended right back where I started!
Luckily I have horses. I have encountered balking before. For those of you who are not horse literate balking is a term describing a horse who is asked to go forward and they don't. Balking can go further to the point the horse is asked to go forward and they go backwards. I have a horse who was prone to balking. He came to me as a ring sour ex show horse and would balk when I first got him. I helped him get over this by listening to him. I began riding him with a lighter touch and rewarding him with a 'release' when he responded. As I listened to him he became a better listener to me. He didn't need the martingales, whips and spurs that were said to be needed.
How does this help with a 'muse' that stalled and fizzled? Just like the horse that had a stronger hand and louder voice used on him until he stopped in his tracks, the muse is waiting for the quiet so I can hear the whisper.
Okay, I won't fight with this painting. I've already decided it may just need to be something other than what I thought it was going to be. My job is to let it develop. Loosen the reins and listen. Now lets see if I can do just that!
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PS I wanted to share a link to this foal, Unique. http://special.equisearch.com/blog/horsetalk/2010/01/bet-youve-never-seen-horse-like-this.html