New paintings have arrived, but not without a story involving my muse, DaVinci.
DaVinci is my gelding recovering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I’m not certain if he’ll ever fully recover, but the journey continues to amaze, like today for example, where I think he read my mind and painted what he saw!
I was handing paint laden brushes to him while he painted on a watercolor board with colors that reminded me of him. He’s a bay sabino pinto, which means he has three colors. His mane and tail are black, his legs, mid-line, blaze and chin are white, set on a golden, coppery bay coat.
As he was adding strokes it looked like he was painting a corral full of pintos and palominos and I knew immediately I had to title the painting just that, Pintos and Palominos. (I usually don’t name the paintings until I’ve had a chance to bring them in the house and reflect.)
Here’s a look at Pintos and Palominos. There even appears to be a dark bay face with white forelock and mane in the upper center left, perhaps an entire body in the lighter colored strokes. But wait, there’s more….
As we created the very next painting, I handed DaVinci a bristle brush with the lovely golden ochre color and he enthusiastically made his mark. I then handed him his favorite sponge brush heavily covered with dark brown paint. I think he likes the sponge brushes because they ‘bounce’ upon hitting the canvas and he usually bounces the brush several times in a row. Today was no different, he seemed thrilled to wield his bouncy brush and when I paused to look at the painting, it took my breath away; and then I burst out laughing. Can you see why?
I see an unmistakable profile of a palomino.
Reminiscent of the old Reeses Peanut Butter Cups commercials “You got chocolate in my Peanut Peanut Butter!” DaVinci’s enthusiastic application of brown paint splattered a rather well formed “eye” on a yellow ochre stroke, creating a rather vivid palomino horse head.
This begs the question. Was DaVinci reading my mind? Was I so focused on palominos that he created one? Were we both whirling around in a vortex of deliberate creation that my thoughts manifested really fast and in the shape of a palomino?
Either way, I consider this a fascinating coincidence. I’m thinking the next time I contemplate lottery numbers, I’m going to stand by DaVinci!
Enjoy the new paintings!