The Blue Horse Watercolor

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012


The Blue Horse – 3″ x 5″ Watercolor

Lin (oldrockchick) hosted the WDE at WetCanvas last weekend.  She posted a challenge, to paint one of her reference is monochrome.  This was my response and I had a great time doing it.  Here is what Lin had to say about this wonderful horse reference…

“Max the one-eyed shire horse. One of a rare breed of heavy horses bred at Eglwswrw Shire Horse Farm in Pembrokeshire,Wales. Max lost an eye when he got a thorn in it and it got infected and sadly he had to retire when they couldn’t save it. He was still pulling the visitor trailor round the farm field 2 years ago when we went but they were arranging to retire him as soon as his friend Jackson the ex-drey horse was trained to pull it more slowly. He is a people lover.”


Emerson believed in individualism, non-conformity, and the need for harmony between man and nature. He was a proponent of abolition, and spoke out about the cruel treatment of Native Americans. Influenced by the Eastern philosophy of unity and a divine whole, emphasizing God Immanent, to be found in everyone and everything, Emerson sowed the seeds of the American Transcendentalist movement. He realised the importance of the spiritual inner self over the material external self through studying Kantianism, Confucianism, Neo-Platonism, Romanticism, and dialectical metaphysics and reading the works of Saint Augustine, Sir Francis Bacon, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Shakespeare among many others. During his lifetime and since Emerson has had a profound influence on some of the 19th and 20th century’s most prominent figures in the arts, religion, education, and politics.

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Wikipedia: romanticism definition: ”’often capitalized”’.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy D.
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 15:44:27

    Fantastic horse! I know you have made several posts since this one, but I had to comment because I just think this horse is so great. I love the limited palette and the way you handled the perspective and shadows. Great story behind the horse, and really neat the way you do the quotes and short bios.

    Also, how interesting that Leslie White happened to comment on this one! I recently did a post on a couple of my favorite art blogs, and hers was one of them! I think there must be thousands of art blogs out there so it’s neat to find connections between them. I actually ended up here today from Artists in Blogland. 🙂


    • Beth Parker
      Jan 28, 2012 @ 15:57:56

      Hi Cindy! I actually follow your blog! I love your art very much. I think it’s great how you generously share how you did them, too. I do a lot of whimsical dogs and other critters and we have some similar loves, like the flowers. It’s so nice that we have Leslie in common. I adore her and her beautiful art. Thanks so much for coming by to comment! Keep up the gorgeous art! You are making me crave some Copic markers.

      The blue horse was fun to do! Thanks for telling me you came from Artists in Blogland, too. 🙂


  2. lesliepaints
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 16:00:08

    I love horses and this is great, Beth. I love it that it comes complete with the story about Max. Awesome monochrome! New favorite for me! 🙂


    • Beth Parker
      Jan 19, 2012 @ 18:25:10

      Thanks, Leslie! I learned it from you. You painted a critter a long time ago and in your step by step, it showed how you did the contours of the body before you added the details. I wish I could remember what it was, but my memory is not so good anymore. he he he 🙂


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