First of all, a huge thank you to Craig Zernik of Four Corners Gallery. We spend an hour, at least, coming up with the Mad Horse in a Box framing concept. Mat or no mat? Brown frame? Oooh, how about Tardis blue? Is this a good blue? How about this one? And so on. Then, he did a lovely job building the frame. Plus taking the close-ups I forgot to take, keeping me posted, and generally providing all around outstanding service.
I really did take it directly to the gallery.
For those of you who haven’t seen Rodney IRL, she caught the look in his eye. This is clearly himself.
As for the scarf. Hung picture on wall. As I walked away, I swear I saw the thing move out of the corner of my eye. So, all that painstaking knitting with pastel pencils was worth it.
A few tiny, tiny corrections for the record.
Rodney is 20. Bought him in 2010 at the age of 11. Therefore, 11+9=20. Sigh. I try not to think about this. I’m in such denial about his age that I had to work the numbers out with pen and paper. As for Milton, bought in 2014 at the age of 6. Therefore, 6+5=11. Double sigh.
Rodney is a TB but not an OTTB. No racetrack flashbacks for him.
Previous Horse had passed on when I started looking for his replacement. That added to the feeling of Clear the decks, Let’s do this thing, Let’s find that special horse.
As for the spirit behind the search, she was right on,
The one about whose greatness she would write for years. The one whose ribbons and trophies she would display proudly in her house; the one about whom she would reminisce in her old age. [Part 1]
I sniffled when I read that.
Martine was also right about the photo.
It’s not a flattering angle … The head collar does nothing for his pretty face. [Part 1]
However, I never really looked at the technical aspects. I was too enchanted with the contents. Horsie! Scarf! Ears Up! Too late to change now, it has become an icon of the blog.
Installed and Inspected
Rodney immortalized in pastels by Martine Greenlee.
Thank you, my friend.