Here is the latest update on Gentle Compassion. I have some sad news, actually I felt so bad when I heard I got tears in my eyes. If you recall the Gentle Compassion drawing is based on a photograph of a retired race horse called, Pacific Reach. When these beautiful horses finish their career in racing they are retired to a sanctuary where they are well care for throughout the rest of their lives. I received word yesterday that Pacific Reach became ill and had passed away.
How sad was that? In my experience with drawing, I become very connected with the subject I draw and especially in this case. By working on this gorgeous horse for 7 weeks (30 minutes/week) I feel like I know every muscle, vein and hair on its hide, an emotional bond has been formed – what a loss of a beautiful animal.
As I finish this piece, probably 4 more weeks, I can’t think of a more perfect title than, Gentle Compassion . . . may he rest in peace and find his golden carrot.
Reference image was taken by Photographer/Artist, Ruth Archer of pmp