More Artwork – Horses

26 02 2020

Still not doing any walking – but I’ve been very active just the same. I’ve taken to going Scottish Country Dancing 2 or 3 times a week which is good exercise (for the brain as well as the body).

On Tuesday, I travelled over to my parents’ (3 hour journey each way) to cook them some pancakes. By cook, I mean I put the ready-made pancakes in the microwave and put out various toppings for them to put on them. I had eight with butter and sugar 🙂 my Dad had 4.5 and my Mum 3.5 – we all enjoyed them. I was going climbing at the Harrogate Wall just after so wondered how the pancakes would affect me. Well… I climbed brilliantly! far better than normal. I did a 6a, of which I’ve previously done very few, and then a 6a+ – never done one of those before!

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Horses are a life-long passion of mine. They are wonderful animals and I like to go horse-riding when I can – haven’t found anywhere around here yet though 😦

Again, these were drawn back in my 20s, 30s and 40s and are mostly from photos except where stated. More tatty and battered paper I’m afraid too…

I’ve always drawn horses since I was very little (I won’t inflict the very early ones on you!) and then I got a ‘How to Draw Horses’ book which improved me no end – the first two scans are my attempts from the book…

This is ‘Cicero’ a drum horse of the Household Cavalry and the most famous one I think.

Appearing on a white-board near you (I used to sketch these on everyone’s whiteboards on night shift at work):

There are a lot of racehorse photos in the magazines and newspapers so these would be from there…


bit ewe-necked and coarse-headed for a racehorse this one – think that was my fault


(by the way, can you tell what my lucky number is yet?)

A show horse called ‘Boyle Hall’ – I think I’ve made it look nice and glossy…


Not often I bother with a background (someone, however, suggested it looked like it was going to crash into the tree!)

THEN… I did two water-colours… One is off a birthday card and the other is Grundy, the famous racehorse, from a magazine…

These are framed on my wall at home (aren’t I vain?!)

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28 02 2020
Blue Sky Scotland

Really good artwork. I used to enjoy country dancing on climbing trips away after we came off the hills in the Highland villages.. 6a+ at your time of life. Are you sure your not regressing backwards like that film and will end up as a baby when your 80 years of age.

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28 02 2020
mountaincoward

not sure I could normally go on the hill (especially climbing) and then Scottish Country Dancing afterwards. Having said that, I went out up a 2000 foot plus hill in thick snow and against a strong wind yesterday followed by 3 hours of vigorous dancing. I managed okay but today I’ve lost my voice (my throat is the first thing to go if I stress my body)! Not very helpful for shop working…

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27 02 2020
Alli Templeton

It’s such a shame that you don’t do this any more, Carol because these are really wonderful. I’m very much enjoying seeing your artwork – it’s quite inspiring really, or rather it would be if I had any talent. I used to do quite a bit of riding when I was younger too, but gave it up to transfer to aeroplanes in the end. Aeroplanes do what you tell them to – horses often don’t! 😀
Well done for fuelling your climbing with pancakes – I’ll remember that when I next go on one of our mammoth walks. That’s if the weather and the ground ever dry out enough. I hope it won’t be too long, I’m really missing getting out there. Amazing pictures, and thanks for sharing them with us. 🙂

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28 02 2020
mountaincoward

It was probably all the butter and sugar I had on them too (my Dad thinks that’s a disgusting topping and that you should just have lemon and sugar).

I could still draw horses and I can still knock out similar to the whiteboard ones at any time so there’s hope. Perhaps when my legs finally give up and I’m stuck indoors.

I only have one other potential artwork post and that’s 3 album covers. 2 Led Zep ones and a Black Sabbath. If you think there would be any interest, I may still put a post out with them in. I wonder whether people will get fed up of the lack of hill posts though…

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1 03 2020
Alli Templeton

I’d love to see the album covers, so please do put them out when you have time, Carol. I really wouldn’t worry about content though. Look at me – I haven’t managed to post at all since Christmas! And the weather has been so awful this winter that most people haven’t done much adventure walking, if any. We’ve done very few decent walks and I really miss it, but in the conditions we’ve all been subjected to there’s not much anyone can do. So don’t worry – we’re all in the same soggy old boat.

I think I may have mentioned that the only walks we’ve done recently have been on quiet country lanes, and even then we’ve often had to dodge some huge puddles. I suppose if you felt like it, you could always try a walk among the hills along the scenic roads for a post instead. Could be more manageable for the time being, and I’m certain you’d still get some wonderful pictures. Either way, well done for keeping active with the dancing. At least you’re keeping your fitness up, which is more than I’m managing to do. At least spring is just around the corner. 🙂

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27 02 2020
John Bainbridge

So very good. You really should keep it up.

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28 02 2020
mountaincoward

When I can’t walk any more (or dance), I’ll probably go back to it – that’s providing I’m not too demoralised by the loss of mobility!

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27 02 2020
Paul Shorrock

Wow, I’m really impressed! I wouldn’t have a clue where to start.

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28 02 2020
mountaincoward

I usually start with the head/nose 😉

In all seriousness though, you sort of block it out to get the scale first. So, e.g. for a horse’s head, you sort of draw an earless rectangle which is wider at the top and narrower at the nose end. Then you fill it in with more curved lines. Then you add shading to get the muscle structure etc…

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