A Horsey Affair of 2012 is a project created by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society to help fund and complete their vision for an interactive children's museum in Newnan. 25 horses in all, painted by area artists, set in downtown Newnan around the square for a 3 month period, showcasing the artistic talents of the community. Come and see!Here is a peek...
... below see the 4 horses painted by our own Fine Lines artists.
The two passions of my life are, and have always been, horses and art. Newnan-Coweta Historical society's "Horsey Affair" has given me the chance to share my love of both while benefiting the up-and coming Interactive Children's Museum of Newnan. What could be better?
When I was initially contacted about this project, I had several abstract type images come to mind to paint the horse. However, once I was actually standing in front of this life-sized canvas, I decided to take a different approach. I wanted to incorporate graphic shapes to break up the silhouette of the horse while at the same time, contrast this with a natural element that would accent and flow with the horse's shape. The old, wooden barn slats served as my graphic shapes, and the evening sky as the natural element. The effect is to give the viewer a feeling of being inside an old barn and viewing out "into the night" sky through the boards.
|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.