Monday, 7 June 2010

This research into Stubbs has inspired me to study the horse myself, as I feel one cannot say that they 'love' a particular animal if they do not understand it's inner workings. It has been a real eye-opener, and I am pretty sure that my paintings of horses are improving. It is easier for me now to see how the hind leg would bend, and the muscles contract, making it easier for me to paint.

I am currently preparing my dissertation for which I am studying the anatomical works of George Stubbs, focusing on the horse. It's been so interesting reading about him and his art so far, and I'm confident that it will keep me engrossed for the next 8 months. 'Whistlejacket' is by far one of my most favourite paintings, and at just a shade under life-size, it is a beautiful capture of the chestnut stallion.