Monday, April 25, 2011

Last Post Of 2010 Season

Wow, the hummingbirds are back and Spring (actually feels like summer) is coming on full force! It's time for me to start thinking about getting back into the swing of drawing everyday. In only a month, I'll start my summer sketching series up once again. I love it and hate it at the same time. Once I get going I'm almost always glad that I did. No pain, no gain. I've got a couple of demos and drawing workshops planned as well.

Last summer, I never posted my last drawing for the season, and it's been bothering me, so I'd like to do it now.  This is Rembrandt (aka: Rudy) my 31 year old TB/Paint I got as a yearling.  On August 29th or 30th, he became seriously ill with a bacterial infection. After several weeks, it didn't look like he was going to make it. He was not eating and getting weaker with new complications everyday. We couldn't keep his fever down and he wouldn't eat, so in a matter of a month, he got extremely thin, even though my husband and I were spending up to eight hours a day, feeding him by hand. His lusterless long coat grew mangier by the day. His face took on darkness I had never seen in the 29 years I have known him. My mare was very concerned and didn't let him out of her sight. I was a basket case a lot of the time. Miraculously however, after a month of intensive and draining home care, my horse made a remarkable recovery once the right antibiotic was prescribed. He looks and feels great now and we are happily riding the trails around our home together once again.

OK, I feel better now. Drawing Everyday 2011 will be starting up soon, so stay tuned folks!


  1. Wow--amazing he recovered from that!! That is a gorgeous picture of him--the eyes really shine and project his gentleness.

  2. Thanks Linda. He's got such a people oriented personality, we say in his last life, he must have been a Golden Retriever.

  3. I'm excited for you starting back up for the summer. I miss your posts through the winter time.

    And I do relate with the love/hate relationship one can go through as you mentioned.

    The muscle tone in the neck is depicted beautifully. Love the subtle colors that I see coming through.

    Our weather is finally breaking (temperature wise) minus all the rain and storms we are being pounded with. Bright are blooming, trees are blooming and everything is greening up!!! :-)

  4. Thanks Susan! You've been doing a great job with your 75 day daily drawing challenge too! I've loved every single one! You should check it out peps!

  5. Wow. A person after my own heart. I'm always saying that drawing, doodling, making marks on the paper or whatever will quickly improve anyone's artistic skills. Whenever I have people ask me what they can do to get themselves going I advise them to get a sketch book and just draw draw and draw. Such a nice blog you have here, Sandy.


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