Original colored pencil
- 24" x 16 1/2 - SOLD
Giclée print -
20 1/4" x 14 1/4", unmatted,
Giclée print -
5" x 7", unmatted,
*Shipping & handling not included
|Some thirty years
ago , taking in the sights at Acton Fair in Maine, I really liked
the coloring and the size of this Belgian. As I stopped for a
longer look, he turned his head
and here is the result.
Back then, I had no idea of using my photos as reference material.
I just liked taking photos. His owner, holding one rein, near
this horses head, was talking with friends. I didnt
interrupt, so never learned his horses name. Over the years
I would lose track of the photo, then it would surface again,
be lost again, come to light once more, on and on. Finally, some
five or six years ago, I was determined to do a drawing before
the photo was somehow gone for good. Two or three years later,
when I hung the portrait in my booth at Fryeburg Fair, someone
suggested, "Hang a little sign: "Do you know this horse?
Do you know the owner?" Two ladies happened by, stopped
and looked for a long time, and said, "We think we know.
Well send someone up who is most likely to know."
People came, one by one and two by two, and all of them came
..the pulling barns! These are busy men. They dont
go roaming up to the Craft Building to look at art and crafts.
Theyre busy with what they are at the fair to do. But,
there they were. It was unanimous. This horses name was
Rock. His owner? Richard Wallingford. Both were famous at fairs
throughout New England. Some of the records they set have never
been broken except by themselves. Many stories, all true, were
shared with me. I treasure them as these people treasure the
memories of their good friend Richard and of Rock, in his time
the biggest, and forever "the strongest, kindest, most gentle,
horse ever born."