Caught in Motion

horse Sculpture
Sculptor Charles Elliott has released his first Horse in Motion sculpture, created in conjunction with his show jumper wife, Abbe.
stag sculpture
Elliott’s stag sculpture is made from up-cycled horses shoes.

Caught at the moment of extension, the life sized horse sculpture is a study of motion, stopped in a moment of time.

Sculptor Charles Elliott (Elliott of London) is known for his use of upcycled horse shoes and traditional blacksmithing techniques — he has a series of Stag and Bull sculptures using traditional blacksmithing and modern metal manipulating techniques.

But this is the first in a planned series of equestrian sculptures that he is working on with his wife, international show jumper Abbe Elliot.

It’s not the first time Elliott’s sculpture has reflected his wife’s interests. With his brother, James, a farrier, he produced a hand forged horse head light. The interest

Elliott also makes horse head lights. Wouldn’t it be fun to have these in your house?

in this sculptural hand-forged ironwork prompted Elliott to expand his business and create a range of iron and metalwork.

He invested in a range of machines, some more than 120 years old, and now produces a range of sculptures taking advantage of both traditional and modern metal working techniques.

The new horse sculpture has tapped into Charles’ wife, Abbe’s, expertise.

Charles says “I would speak to Abbe 2-3 times a day whilst working on my sculptures, to ask her about details of muscle layouts and conformation, whilst looking through piles of close ups of horses in motion. She is very critical of our work and a perfectionist when it comes to the horses, metal or real life!”

You can tell — the sculpture is very much alive.


The Saddle Horse

The saddle horse
One of the “must see” exhibits at Mass MoCa for me was the horse made of pieces of saddle. I love his soulful eye.
Saddle Horse 2
The horse is a good size. I love how his mane is made from stirrup leathers.
Saddle Horse Hooves
His hooves were made of stacked horse shoes.

You can find the horse and many other animals in the KidSpace area of Mass MoCA. What a great museum this is!

If only I could paint . . . or fun with Photoshop

I see so many beautiful things when I’m out riding — we ride through such exquisite landscapes, enjoy the different seasons and experience the natural world up close and personal. I wish that I had the talent to pain what I see. I enjoy taking photographs, but on horseback (and especially on a horse that insists on bobbing like a cork on the ocean) the straight photo just doesn’t capture what I saw. So, thank goodness for Photoshop. I’m having fun taking the photos and making them just a bit more atmospheric and, in an odd way, truer to life.Fall foliage




Still doodling after all these years

Early horse drawing
I recently came across this drawing. I was probably about five when I made it. Okay, so my artistic talent hasn’t improved much since then, but it definitely shows that I have always loved horses!

When I was a kid, I drew horses. I drew them on my notebooks, on pads — anywhere and everywhere.  They were never very good, but that didn’t stop me. Looking back at them now, I can say they were, well, sweet.

For all you who, like me, still doodle horses, here’s a video that shows you how to get a more satisfactory results.

Neptune’s Horses

Unusual sight: The uncanny shape of a large white horse jumping over the Cobb Wall at Lyme Regis in Dorset Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
The concept of white horses emerging from the sea is an ancient one. In fact, a “White Horse” is another name for a white cap. In this case, the wave looks a lot like a horse jumping over  the Cobb Wall at Lyme Regis in Dorset. This  was published in the Daily Mail as an example of the flooding currently going on in the U.K. Just think, in the U.S. it would be frozen!


Neptune's horses
One of the most enduring images of white horses coming from the sea is this painting, Neptune’s Horses, by Walter Crane, painted in 1893.

And more recently (2007) there was a famous ad for Guinness that borrowed from this imagery.