Artist/Illustrator Julia Cairns has an exceptional gift when it comes to reanimating images of life. This painting of a horse standing so elegantly in what looks to me like a mythical childhood garden, is alive with life vibrations. You have a blend of basic earthy colors with dashes and highlights of pastel blues, browns, yellows and reds. It sure makes for one elegant looking horse.
Look at it long enough and you'll see the horse rock its head up and down with a snort while swatting its tail at some flyby insect. It's as if he/she is waiting for us to join in the picture and begin stroking its body with a brush. Wait a minute, I think it just called out my name!
The horse beckons us to return to our childhood imaginations if only for a moment, to see and feel the magic and wonder of life reflected in art through innocent eyes once again. What's the old biblical saying, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become as little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven."
And the added beauty of seeing not a thread of horse tack (saddles, bridles, bits, halters, reins, harnesses, etc...) gives the animal a freedom in paradise charm that is heavenly.
I stumbled across the art of Julia Cairns many years ago and am proud to have one of her prints, "To The River," hanging in my home. You can read more about Ms. Cairns at her website: