A Horse is A Horse Of Course, Of Course

Except when it’s wooden maybe?  I received a gift of a little statue of a horse in February in celebration of my birthday.  The statue also commemorated the Chinese Year of the Wooden Horse.  It’s only about 6 cms high but had such presence I just had to draw it.

I found some paper called ‘Elephant Hide’ at a local art supplies store which had an antique look to it that I thought went with the theme of representing the long standing culture of the Chinese and their Zodiac.  I tested the paper out and it takes all manner of media well including heaps of water – but it doesn’t take erasure!  Nevertheless I decided graphite suited my purpose and the paper best. This is the result – in a frame that also seemed to suit the style!

Graphite on Elephant Hide

2014 Year of the Wooden Horse – by Helen Lock

I’m very happy that it raised funds for a worthy cause at auction 🙂


7 thoughts on “A Horse is A Horse Of Course, Of Course

  1. Marylin Warner

    Oh, Helen, I can see why it did well at the fundraiser. It’s wonderful!
    When out daughter went to Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS.–“Little Sweden of American”–we became fascinated by the Dala horses (I think I might be spelling that wrong). The entire town has these small wooden horses with family names hanging from their doors (we have one on our own house), and at every corner down town there hare huge wooden horses painted in amazing and colorful patterns.

  2. Greg Campbell

    More than one meaning in this horse. Two people in the year of the horse, sold in a place of horses and now located with people who hold horses dear. Great work :-)xx


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