... below see the 4 horses painted by our own Fine Lines artists.
|Philip S. Boyd|
Since my horse was intended for Scott's Bookstore from the beginning, I knew that it should have a literary theme. For inspiration I looked to my own favorite books and found it in the classic children's story about love, "The Velveteen Rabbit". Margery Williams created the most wonderful character in the skin horse, a wise and well-loved nursery toy, remembered for his poignant advice to the rabbit: "It doesn't happen all at once...you become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
With my horse, I hope to communicate the simple themes of this book: love and childhood magic.
As an artist and merchant in downtown Newnan, I have found a lot of fulfillment and pleasure in getting to know the people and community more personally. It is an honor to participate in the Horsey Affair with so many others I respect as professionals in the artistic community.
The colt I have painted is my interpretation of the patterns and colors of several quilts shown to me by his owner. The colt's sponsor expressed the importance and attachment she has to her lovely family heirlooms so as I created a collaboration of them on the colt. I have called him "Stitch in Time" as these quilts were passed through the family for several generations.