Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Elemental, my dear Watson

I've been thinking about doing a series of "elemental" horse images for a while--featuring the four classic elements of earth, air, fire and water. I've been playing with this one for a couple of nights--guess which element this is?? I'll likely change and revise it yet more once I've thought about it for a while. Sometimes the images I'm excited about having created at night go into the "what was I thinking?" folder the next morning, but for the moment I feel this has potential.
As always with my work of late, it started as a photograph, then went elsewhere. There's a reason my business card says "reality is only a starting point"

Judy Wood (website) (blog)


  1. Hi Judy,
    I can't imagine what you'd change - this is a beautiful photo-painting! I had to laugh about "sometimes the images I'm excited about at night go into the "what was I thinking" folder the next morning." I paint at night, and have the very same experience. Although I'm learning to put those away and not work on them for awhile. Sometimes the thigs in that "folder" are truly gems - but just "different" enough that they scare me!

  2. It's beautiful, Judy! At first I thought it was a closeup of a peony (hey, I don't have my glasses on, okay? LOL) and then I read teh post and went looking for the horse. I'm surprised that "fire" would have his head down like that, but it's an interesting piece with gorgeous colors. I'll bet it was fun to paint!

    Lynda Sappington

  3. wow that is really cool, but i agree that perhaps fire should have a bit more spirit