I’ve been busy with a commission project for a couple of weeks, but I’m back.
As some of you know, I designed counted cross stitch patterns for a loooong time… and some of the designs I created have (to me) begged to be re-done as drawings. There were so many details that simply had to be left out of those designs in order to keep them at manageable (and marketable!) size. Creating drawings that “finish” those original design ideas is somehow very satisfying.
In some cases, I like the subject, but want to play with the arrangement of elements in the composition. One such is this piece: “Companions“.
I’ve always liked the interaction between the figure and the horse. But I’ve also many times thought to try something different with the arrangement of the figures. Rather than the horizontal format and straightforward side-view of everything, I wanted to try something more “cozy” with a vertical format. My main purpose is to focus in on the interaction between the man and the horse, and really only indicate much of the surrounding snowy forest-y surroundings:
The idea of this pair has always appealed to me as something that would be suitable for a greeting card or somesuch. I’ve also got in mind that it should be an evening or night scene… we’ll see!
I’ve noticed that I’m definitely in a holiday season frame of mind; I’ve been playing Christmas music for a week now!
And, I know I have moved on to yet another drawing without finishing up the seasonal horse series, but… well… when the muse beckons, I follow!