Mule Valentine

Cover photo citation: It is one of many images I used for inspiration. Frederick P. Shuckard, Figure in Moorland Landscape – 1901 watercolour painting

I’ve been doing my best to cram in finishing the mule. Partly because it’s well over due, and partly because I wanted one less thing on my plate in the “have to do” category for my birthday celebration(s). I love art, but I need less responsibility for a while, and this was one I could finish in ease.

I was aiming to improve on the original photo by referencing well known artworks from American and British history, especially since the mule was striking a common pose in horse portraits of the past. I moved the barn, which in the original image was so obscured you couldn’t make out details. I added the windmill in reference to paintings of Grant Wood era, and then did the vignetting found in old illustrations.

My work is Prismacolor artist pencils and graphite on 11×14 hotpress watercolor paper. I finished it early on Valentine’s day, and all I have left is to scan and frame it for delivery.

So original image, followed by progress pics, and then finished image last.

May you have good art days. May you finish what you started. May you enjoy your accomplishments. May you be at ease in your flow. May you find ways to reduce responsibility and increase enjoyment. May you make progress always and have fun things to look forward to. May you always understand your knowledge of history to make improvements moving forward, even if it’s just for yourself. May you know that the divine loves and supports you just as you are.

Om Shanti

About Treasa Cailleach

I'm a massage therapist working with chiropractic and the elderly; musician, artist, pagan, mom, B of LGBTQ, & polyamorous professional.

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