Tiny Tales: Lad
Acrylic, Ink, Horsehair Collage
"Thank you for making me an optimist"
10" x 8"
In the personal collection of Carolyn Resnick,
(Lad is Carolyn's miniature stallion.)
|Horses in Miniature|
Ruella Yates, 2011
7 x 5 Acrylic with Horsehair Collage
(In honor of Jackie and Strider)
Every ride is better than the one before! I went out for a short ride that turned into a long, loving conversation with Renn. He came to me when he saw me picking up his halter, and it just kept getting better. He rubbed his nose on the pad and saddle, inviting them. He walked around the pasture with me on the ground asking him to touch trees, put his foot on a cone, etc. I stopped at the mounting block, got on, and had a soft ride through serpentines and patterns. I rode him to a tractor tire and dismounted, sitting down to rub his legs. I got up, ready to take him back to the house and unsaddle, but I got a surprise: He flexed his beautiful neck to me, and with soft eyes invited me to get back on. I did, and we rode around the pasture to a stump, where I dismounted. Again, he asked me to get back on, and gave me a soft ride again. Back to the mounting block we went, where I dismounted, loosened the cinch and untied the loop rein. Again, Renn asked me to get back on. I tightened the cinch, got on with one rein and no stirrups, and asked him to take me to the house. What a lovely experience. He stayed with me at the fence until I went inside. The feeling: priceless for both of us.
A Native American face, with present images of casino and high-rise in a world upside down from the traditional way of life, symbolized by Spirit Horses and teepee shape.
This is Penny, a beautiful 5-year-old QH mare
who has been playing/working with me for 4 months. She has beautiful ground manners now, and loves to play Parelli's Seven Games! She is successfully carrying her owners, Dr. Carlos and Andrea Garcia. She's currently gaining trail confidence, and progressing nicely. Lucky Penny, Lucky me!
Two of Ruella's paintings were chosen for the Mixed Media Art Show at Oklahoma City University's Norick Art Center: Set in Stone and Spirit Horse Study. The show is sponsored by the Watercolor Society, and will run through the end of July, 2006. Oklahoma's finest Mixed Media artists will be on display, and I am honored to be included in their midst. These paintings chosen by the juror are among my personal favorites.
Set in Stone
Mixed Media (concrete and oil on mat board)
Ruella received an Honorable Mention award at the Clinton Art Show, and a Merchant's Choice award for her work at Edmond's Spring Creek Art Show last weekend.
24" x 36" Acrylic, Brass, Brass Wire, and Paper Collage on Canvas
This painting was intended to be a Spirit Horse painting, without collage, when Barbaro's race ended tragically. With reporters speculating whether he could be saved to stand at stud, I went to the hardware store for materials and "fixed" him. Here's to Barbaro, and all his gallant ancestors, and hopefully, descendants! ~Ruella
Rhonda's work may be viewed at http://otoegirl.blogspot.com.
Guardian Angels (Spirit Horse Series), PosterImage from photograph
Spirit Horses at Yellow River (Spirit Horse Series), watercolor on Claybord