I’m reverting so many times to the ways that we are connected to the Earth and its rhythms. While the paved lanes, painted lines, and structured buildings give us an easier passage, nature continues to dictate the path. I would have it no other way.
So, in reference to this acceptance that we are, indeed, subject to the weather, seasons, tides, and land changes, I’m basing my 2019 idea on the cycles of the moon. The light from the moon seems to have risen in assorted times in my own reference. When I was 13 and delivering newspapers with my mother at 5:00 am, I was so grateful for the mornings of light, when the moon augmented the street lights and lent clarity and safety to the darkness. Working in the high altitudes in Colorado, we’d take the horses out for full moon rides, galloping through the forest and careening around two-track corners, laughing and screaming and wrapping our arms around our horses. Backpacking trips, when the moon shone through the tent fabric, staying away sleep and calling to us to come out, stand in the light to see all of the boulders and white bark pines in their varying shadows. Even at home, now, heading out to feed the horses before bed, turning off the headlamp to fully absorb the brightness where once it was dark, the moon provides guidance.
From what I have found so far, and from what I can project, we will have 12 full moons appearing this year in the northern hemisphere. And so, I will have 12 paintings of horses that I will have photographed, painted, and put together as a complete show at the end of 2019. I typically paint the horses I know, the ones I interact with. But, I’d like to change it up a bit. Here’s how it will work:
I am putting a call out via Facebook and Instagram to horse owners and friends of horse owners, or even people that know a special horse, as each moon ends its cycle. On the time and date of the new moon, I will start accepting and reviewing photos of people’s horses, looking for that certain horse that seems to hold the spirit of the time. Once I have chosen said horse, I will need to come out and take my own photographs. I find that this is the best way to gather the individuality of each animal. The process of creating the painting has thus been set in motion, and I’ll work on it through the moon. Starting at the next new moon, the cycle will start again. At this point, I will need to limit the distance within a reasonable driving distance of Huntley, MT...unless you want to fly me out to your horse. ;) And so it will continue through the last full moon, the December Cold Moon.
It’s a bit of a journey, this new task. I don’t yet know which will come. I do know that I can start. And so, here it is. Starting Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 6:29 p.m., I am asking people to submit photos of their horse to be chosen to be painted. This moon is known in some cultures at the “Wolf Moon”, the moon when the presence of the wolf was known through the challenges of winter and the breeding season. I will, indeed, write more about this specific moon so you can decide if your horse fits this moon.
My goal in this endeavor is both personal and social. I’d like to bring in the outer world to my own personal experience of art. The interactions of bringing of experience and emotions make art. This is but one way to do so. So, January 5, 6:29 p.m. MST, I’ll be ready.