Sunday, July 31, 2011
I have been working on a big project this summer.
It is a very large drawing of my granddaughter, Shea, in buckskin astride her horse, Biscuit. It is kind of a narrative drawing and tells a story. Many years ago my family took a trip to Colorado and we spent the night in Oakley, Kansas. While there, we went to their wonderful museum where I was captivated by a story about 2 young girls that had been kidnapped by Indians. They were finally released to tell their story. I have been reading about my county's history this summer, which spurred my interest in Native American Indians. I found a site of hundreds of photographs of American Indians and I was inspired to make this huge drawing. I may eventually do a painting in oil, or I may end up doing a quilt....... but I have to finish it first. I got bogged down on the horse and making the proportions between Shea and the horse correct. It is difficult to draw a very large drawing! Anyway.................here's a peek.
These are the two photos I am using for reference. The funny thing about this is that when I went to take photos of Shea riding on Biscuit, she had put feathers in her hair. Do you see them? She had no idea I was making a drawing of her as an Indian girl.