I traded half of one of my already-sold horse portraits for a ticket to Cavalia, which I went to see yesterday along with the owner of the portrait. It was truly a remarkable performance both theatrically and on the part of its equine participants. The staging was magnificent with exceptional use of light, projected images, sound and scenery. The horses were both amazing and amusing. The acrobats were thrilling, especially in the way that their movements interacted with the horses’ positions on stage. My favorite bit (pardon the pun) was a guy on a large (maybe 4 foot diameter?) ball, doing flips and moonwalking and generally showing off. A horse walks in on the action, all by himself, and the two of them walk forward and backward across the stage with the guy still on the ball. Finally, the horse decides he’s had enough of the guy and will show him what’s a real trick. So he lies down on the floor and rolls over, gets up, and waits. Nothing. He cocks his head a bit, looks directly at the audience, which finally “gets it” and applauds. I’ve never seen comedy timing by a horse before, but this one worked to perfection.
Charm, showing off the only braids that will stay in her endless mane.
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For not the first time, but maybe the last time, I have started a "home business". The difference with this one is that it is one I really enjoy. I've drawn and painted horses since I was (at least) five years old--that's the earliest one that my mother saved.
By the time I entered my teens, Mother had grown a bit tired of the subject and urged me to do something else with my artwork besides horses. I followed her advice and never looked back until ten years ago when it occurred to me that people might actually pay for horse portraits. I have had many exhibits of my landscapes, and sold a good number of them--but not enough to provide any kind of steady income.
I'm hoping that if I work hard and market this business well I will be able to delight my customers, make some money, and have a lot of fun doing it.
Visit many more horses and my rural landscapes at http://allifarkas.com, or click on my photo above.
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