I am documenting my process with photos, videos and writing. As a story teller, I love to experience the "ahas" in my life, and recently I got a good one. It started with my research on the internet on how to improve my writing skills. I discovered Glen Strathy's post on his blog, http://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/plot-outline.html, "How to create a plot outline in 8 easy steps". I listed as one of the "Requirements" to achieve my story goal, "You will meet people who will teach you about horses." That afternoon, Providence and Fortune were upon me, after I stepped out of the Woodlands Market in Kentfield, and glanced at the bulletin board that I never look at and spied a flyer by Equine Insight, an operation owned by Judy Weston-Thompson. Her fully certified operation called Equine Insight, www.equineinsight.com, at Willow Tree Stables, in Wild Horse Valley, is just 20 minutes from my studio, in Novato, CA! With her permission, I have taken some pictures of her beautiful creatures, a 19 year old French Percheron -gentle giant- gelding, named Star; a 21 year old gelding -beauty- named Cesar and a 23 year old mare -sweetheart- named Calysta, and posted them here.
Now, as journeys go, they start out as one thing and continue to morph into something else. As an artist and Feldenkrais teacher, I am interested in the mind, consciousness and how we make sense of our world. I enjoy seeing images emerge from the "random" "leftovers" of paint, oil sticks and markers, on paper, like a Rorschach blot, which I use as "backgrounds" for my art journals. Last Monday, when I returned to my studio after my first encounter with Judy's horses, electric shocks of recognition raced through me, as I noticed on the corner of my art bench, the "painting", created months before, that was waiting to be dredged up from the depths of my unconscious.
|A "painting" created with random leftovers of paint|
|Star, Cesar and Calysta, 2013|
|Star, Cesar and Calysta|
|Cesar and friend|