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Retired Racehorse Metro Meteor Paints for Charity

A combination of two of my favorite things: horses and art! It doesn’t get any better than this, does it?

Check out the original article here:

Racehorses Paintings Compared to Jackson Pollock : Discovery News.

The famous racehorse art is being compared to famous abstract impressionist paintings. Racehorse Metro Meteor is now retired and painting after bad knees ended his racing career.

retired racehorse paints for charity

Metro Meteor painting for charity!

His owners taught him to paint with treat training techniques. After Metro’s success in painting, his owners realized that this could help all racehorses. Money earned from Metro’s paintings goes to a racehorse adoption program to help retired horses find a safe haven. Horses are rehabilitated and placed into adoptive homes.

I wonder if I can teach any of my horses to paint? This horse is amazing! Not only is he getting crafty, but his art is helping fellow retired racehorses stay out of slaughterhouses and auction. Kudos to Metro and his wonderful owners!

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Ponies with Personality!

original art by Jeni

These caricatures capture our horses' personalities perfectly!

Howdy! This morning I felt compelled to turn out some quick sketches of my horses. They each have a distinctive personality, which I tried to illustrate for each horse. It almost looks like a comic, haha!

Gamble, the newbie, is surprisingly bold when it comes to new things. Although she is still a bit spooky at times, she approaches new situations with ears perked forward and a bold forward stance. This is a good sign! Hopefully…

Coda is…well, she’s special. One moment she is the most loving, affectionate horse in the field. The next second she has jumped four feet in the air and teleported to the other side of the field because a leaf moved. That’s okay, I love her anyway.

Princess is prissy. She knows that she is obviously the best and is the first to let you know what she thinks. Princess is so fancy she thinks in cursive.

Money is the old guy in the bunch. He is content to stand around and eat all day, every day. He’ll do what you tell him to do, but his first concern is always eating.

The caricatures I drew this morning are based on actual, real-life events. After I took blankets off this morning (because it’s supposed to be in the 70’s today…really!), Gamble started showing everyone how brave she was. She began approaching the strange blanket, snorting at it, and generally checking it out. While Gamble was doing that, Coda noticed it (even though she saw me put in on the fence 5 minutes earlier) and bolted across the field in 2.3 seconds. Princess looked at them like, “You morons. It’s a blanket, deal with it…” Money is the most easy-going of the herd. While the girls were making a big thing out of a blanket on the fence, Money just flicked one ear towards them while he munched on his breakfast.

Those are our horses! Do any of your horses have a very distinctive personality?

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For the Love of Words

Love: The Elusive Four-Lettered Word

Love is such a small word in size, but its true meaning can move mountains. Many of you will probably agree that the word love has been overused, abused, and not really understood by youth. In fact, love can be quite difficult to define because of its elusive meaning. So, when I say that I love my husband, my children, my family and friends, or my animals, I mean something real. This is not the love that teenagers think they know. Love is more than a feeling, it is a way of life.

Barbed wire heart

Sketch of a barbed wire heart I drew in 2007

How Does One Measure Love?

On Valentine’s Day my husband tried (with great difficulty, might I add) to tell me how much he loves me. After a few moments of silence, he finally said that no one word can accurately describe our love. Well, I must agree! 😉 Part of the reason this is true is because the word love is so overused…here I go again. Hah! What is sad to me is that people attribute more meaning and passion to the word hate than they do love. People don’t talk about hating just anything, that is reserved for truly vile situations. By contrast, people croon love over last night’s spaghetti, the sunshine, lover, friends, and so many other things.

Original Art by Jeni

This is the card I drew for my husband on V-day this year ❤

So, there’s my spiel on that! I won’t bore you further with my disappointment in society’s definition of love. Moving on…

Love Words

The passion, vigor, romance, and feeling the word love is supposed to evoke seems more and more lost. So, here are a few of my favorite words that might help describe what love is to me and how I feel my love for others should be described.

Romance

Adore

Cherish

Treasure

Desire

Admire

Respect

Appreciate

Affection

Friendship

Loyalty

Devotion

Passion

Joy

Love and marriage

Sketch of hands w/ wedding bands inspired by Renaissance Art drawn by me

Powerfully Passionate

As you can see, love takes on many meanings to me, but my love for one is not necessarily the same as my love for another. There are many different kinds of love…perhaps that is why society has chosen to abuse this four-lettered word.

So what if this particular post was sappy and cheesy? Love is on my mind today! We are so very truly blessed, no matter what turbulence or drama is happening in everyday life. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day problems, issues, and annoyances.

art by Jeni

Pen & ink drawing by me...because I'm so lucky! 😉

Instead of thinking about the things that make you hurt, angry, upset, or annoyed, think instead of what you do have. Family, friends, the love of others, someone or something to cherish…look for the love, and you will find it. What do you think about that? 

Artist at Heart

I’ve been an artist ever since I could hold a crayon. It just seems fitting that I make my living creating art.

Pencils

Graphite Pencils are one of my preferred mediums

I create for a living. It’s my only option right now…and I must say, I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂

About a year ago I resigned from my position as a mail carrier at the post office. It was kind of forced upon me and I did what I had to do. To this day I am thankful that things happened the way that they did. I wouldn’t be where I am today if things had gone differently!

For the past year I have been creating art and writing exclusively. I did not realize that I could make money doing these things until about 6 months ago…but now I know! 🙂

I consider writing an art. In many ways it is becoming a lost art because people don’t really write like they used to. I try to write every single day, even if it isn’t on here. There is always a poem, melody, story idea, or something in my head that must be written.

Image representing Triond as depicted in Crunc...

Image via CrunchBase

I make money writing on Triond (not much, but every little bit helps, right?) and I worked on Elance for about 4 months. It was great while it lasted, but I felt stifled by the writing tasks on Elance. There weren’t very many jobs that gave me creative freedom, which is ultimately why I stopped. Instead I decided to pursue creative writing with my children’s book ideas…and I’m continuing to write on Triond to keep money coming in.

In addition to writing, I also draw, paint, craft, and generally create art. Sewing is my newest hobby and I love it! I’m working on making saddle pads and other things I can either sell on eBay or consign at the tack store. Drawing is more time-consuming than anything else, especially because I lose track of time when I draw.

In the Fall of 2011 I drew an abstract picture of a woman in her wedding dress. She loved the drawing and planned to display it during her wedding reception. Otherwise most of my drawings are done for my own enjoyment.

Practice Sketch

Practice "Wedding Dress" Sketch 2011

When I feel compelled to draw, I let it out. Sometimes I draw for friends and family as gifts or favors. Right now I’m working on my first book’s illustrations. Once they are done I’ll be ready to publish! I’m so excited to see how this whole thing works out. 🙂

So you see, it is possible to survive as an artist. I am no sure how exactly it’s happening, but it is! I guess it helps that I supplement my artistic income with auctions on eBay…

If you had to make a living as an artist, how would you do it?

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