Monday, 20 April 2009

First foals


After having what must have been the hottest, sunniest, Easter I can remember, the children went back to school this morning, which meant that I had to get back to work too. I plan to continue playing around with the idea of transformation, and inner animal spirits, and have been busy scribbling in my sketch book today.
I planned to sketch a few hares, and was fascinated once I started looking at them closely. I've drawn hundreds of rabbits, and expected hares to be the same, but with bigger ears. Once I started looking closely, and drawing, I was amazed to find their heads reminded me more of deer!

Magpie and I, and my youngest son walked out over the hill this evening, to see the first foals of the year. Both these little fillies are less than a week old, and the first of many. I love it when the wild ponies come down close to the village in the spring, to foal on the commons.

And finally, a crop of fresh nettles, which I made into a delicious nettle and blue cheese lasagne for supper!

11 comments:

Karen said...

Those foals are little darlings :)

I have always been interested in the transformation of animals/people and the symbolism of them (Did my thesis at college on it, many moons ago!)

Have you ever read Lady into fox by David Garnett? You might enjoy?

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

What a sweet little baby! And these are wild ponies? How lucky you are!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Oh what a beautiful sight to see these young foals along the country way! Such wonder! Thanks for sharing!

Totally Timmy said...

I think Bunnies and deer do have similar face shapes. The foals are beautiful

Carolee said...

Oh, how sweet! And how wonderful to see wild ponies up close. :)

Love your sketches too! Totem animals/spirit animals make such wonderful subjects. My favorites to paint are crows and snowy owls - there's something so mystical about them...

~ Carolee

Jessie Lilac said...

Nettle and blue cheese lasagne eh? Now THAT'S something I've never cooked. I love the idea of using nettles, and get more enjoyment from cooking things grown in the garden than any fancy ingredient from a shop! Great sketches, I look forward to seeing how your ideas progress. Oh, and by the way, I did my final project of my degree on anthropomorphism! Seems there's a few of us like-minded people here :)x

Julia Guthrie said...

I love the whole animal totem/power animal Shamanic thing, I look forward to seeing how this inspires you!:)
Hares do keep cropping up for me lately...I may have to look into this:)
Btw have you seen the gorgeous Hare paintings by Jackie Morris? With the gold leaf backgrounds? I LOVE her work:)

DEB said...

Your nettles look yummy! And your sketches promise to prompt great works of art! If you enjoy the animals and spirits, have you ever tried rendering any Native American art or totem poles?

Julie Magers Soulen said...

The foals are precious!! I must plan a trip to Wyoming to shoot (camera) the wild ones there. And I take nettle as a supplement for my hay fever every spring. It works!

Leola - Southshoreartist said...

beautiful photos and sketches...
I've heard of nettle tea, but not in anything else. Intersting..I'm going to have to research this.

Coreopsis said...

I do see the "goatness" of the hair head.

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