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Old 03-30-2006, 01:30 PM
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Horses were the first animals I ever drew (my dad gave me an art book at the tender age of six and showed me the 'circle' method of drawing horses). I didn't have much success with pastels until high school, but then something just clicked...
Anyway, this fellow hangs in my house. He's a Morgan and would probably have wound up at a slaughterhouse (he was already 28 years old when we first met) except a friend, myself and my twin sister bought him to use as an extra horse for friends to ride. He turned out to be quite a handful and not a beginner's horse. My friend lost her mare that same year, so we gave her our 'half' of the old guy and she kept him for the next 23 years. She finally had him put down at age 51 (he was ridden until age 46 when he started having knee problems.) His name was Jackson and he was quite a character.

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Old 03-30-2006, 03:10 PM
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How beautiful!

It's even more meaningful to know the story behind it- how lucky for Morgan to have met you. you're friend and your twin.

I'm a twin too!
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Old 03-30-2006, 04:26 PM
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That is a stunning portrait, it's so detailed and beautifully done. Jackson was a gorgeous horse and from the sound of things lived a very long happy life.
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Old 03-30-2006, 06:17 PM
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How beautiful!

It's even more meaningful to know the story behind it- how lucky for Morgan to have met you. you're friend and your twin.

I'm a twin too!
Cool! Fraternal or identical? Ever been to the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio?
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Old 03-30-2006, 07:27 PM
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oh my goodness that is breathtaking.
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That is beautiful!! I love the colors and how the horse blends perfectly into the background! Great job!!
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Old 03-30-2006, 08:05 PM
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Thank you all for your kind words.

Jackson was a wonderful old fellow, he had that get-up-and-go personality of the Morgan breed and was a lot of fun to ride. Most horses only live until their twenties or early thirties, Jackson started his show career (eventing) at 32 and continued until he was 40. He still loved to jump even after he retired and would swerve to go over a hurdle if his owner wasn't paying attention.

This was my first horse, Rusty. My sister and I saved two years worth of babysitting fees and bought him at an auction. We cleaned stalls at the stable to pay for his board and after a year, we saved enough to buy a second horse. Her name was Ginger and she was just about the smartest horse we'd ever met.

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Old 03-30-2006, 09:04 PM
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Ginger..look at those velvet nostrils and lips oh my, i love the overall soft feel as well. and you did such hard shine on Rusty..nice contrast to see the two together. They both bring out the beauty in each other.
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Old 04-01-2006, 12:47 AM
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I thought that was an actual picture that you edited and put on there at first, but then I read the caption and looked all over the background and see you signed it! WOW, how did you get so good at drawing?
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Old 04-01-2006, 07:34 AM
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Thank you. Practice... lots of practice (although that hasn't helped me too much with oil painting, lol!) I've always been able to draw what I see... I guess it's good eye to hand coordination?
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