What to do with that old saddle — Paint i!

Beezie Madden Painted saddle

Artist Lisa Curry Mair, of Canvasworks Designs, paints amazing floorcloths and murals. But she also paints saddles. She recently painted one of Beezie Madden’s saddles for an auction to benefit the Glenayre Equestrian Program. She was kind enough to post instructions on how to paint a saddle, but unfortunately, while I have an old saddle […]

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In the Field: Browse the upcoming sale at Christies

Huntsmen with hounds, Zennor Hill, Cornwall

There are few really nice paintings in next week’s sale at Christie’s, “In the Field: An Important Private Collection of Sporting Art,”  that I wouldn’t mind hanging over my fireplace. My top choices would be two by Alfred Munnings, described by Brandon Lindberg, a Christies director and senior specialist, as “the last, great British sporting […]

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That shadow is still following me

Shadow Rider

As a kid, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love horses. From clutching Breyer horses to jumping the cracks in the sidewalk, my imagination had me riding horses long before reality caught up. I was a New York City kid, so my riding was limited to weekends and summers. That’s why it was […]

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Rumors of War Stands Tall in Times Square

Rumors of War Rachel Papo for The New York Times

This is the season for new equestrian statues in New York City. I wrote recently about the three new horse sculptures (The Horses) at then entrance to Central Park, now artist Kehinde Wiley has unveiled his largest sculpture ever, Rumors War, in Times Square. The installation is a massive three stories tall and is the […]

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“The Horses” Installed in Central Park

The Horses Installation

French sculptor Jean-Marie Appriou’s “The Horses” were installed on September 11th at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza on Fifth Avenue and East 60th Street and will remain on display through Aug. 30, 2020. The installation was commissioned by the Public Art Fund. The installation comprises three different statues, each of which highlight different features of […]

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A San Franciscan Horse

This past week I’ve been in San Francisco, helping a family member after an untimely and sudden death. In the midst of such sadness, it’s important to snatch a few minutes of joy. Today, while celebrating my nephews’ birthday (twin boys who turned six), I looked up and saw Zelda, painted on the wall of […]

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Coming alive on the page

I have always wished that I could draw well. Although both my mother is an artist, and her father was a commercial artist, that particular gene didn’t get passed along to me. Watching someone who knows what they are doing draw, is magical. The horse in this video looks like he’s ready to trot off […]

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Still Water

Horse head by Nic Fiddian Green

This horse head sculpture by Nic Fiddian Green is installed near Milan, Italy. The head rests on the surface of the pond, giving the illusion of a horse serenely drinking. I could sit and literally drink in that image of serenity all day. Fiddian-Green is known for his horse head sculptures, especially his Horse at […]

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