I have two topics for you today: 1. my biggest takeaway from the book “30 Lessons for Living” and 2. unveiling my latest horse drawings. I’d love to hear your comments on the book review, drawings, or both. Thanks!
I posted a few weeks ago about this book called “30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans” by Karl Pillemer, Ph.D. Well I finally finished it this morning and felt the urge to give my final two cents before you read it for yourself. Chapter 7 covers lessons 25-30 with the overall message that life is short, so do whatever is necessary to be happy every day you have. Of all the lessons, I think this resonated with me the most because I came to that realization within the last year, hence leaving my 9-5 job to become a self-employed artist. It’s been just over 5 months and every day is a blessing. I encourage you to get your hands on this book and find a few hours over a week or so to read cover to cover. You won’t regret it.
This is Butch. My Aunt Susan commissioned this 8×10 drawing of the 26 year old gelding for his original owners, since they just found a new home for him as a starter horse for another friend’s young daughter. Butch was their first horse and truly a member of the family, and who the teenage daughters originally learned riding as toddlers. Now master riders themselves, I’m sure those girls are happy to see Butch instilling his wisdom on a new 8 year old aspiring rider. The white space around Butch’s head is indeed stark white, not gray as my camera seemed to think.
“A Prayer for Horses”
This is another drawing (5×7) for my aunt to give to longtime family friends whose daughter, Kristen, is the one standing a the feet of the horses. Her great photography was a tremendous head start in making this image fit the spiritual title. I adjusted the values slightly and faded out the edges to put the focus on the young girl’s hands and the horse faces, and to give the entire drawing a dream-like appearance.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain