Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The paintings are all your own


Pie bites at a fly after a ride.

The last week or so has been spent in a green folding chair at home and in Princeton, New Jersey watching Maizie play tennis. The matches have been exciting and thought-provoking. My insides turn in knots with nervous energy and in between matches I think about the similarities between her tennis and my riding. Honestly, there aren't many thoughts in my brain that don't eventually revolve around horses, but the type of tennis player Maizie has become parallels the way I've approached horses this time round. She is an indie tennis player and I am now an indie equestrian. 

I can't help but think the indie approach to these pursuits, possibly to life in general, might be healthier than the traditional alternatives.


I have much to say on this subject and hope to write a post about this idea, but alas, another tennis clinic this morning and three adorable geldings call. So for now, some recent photos...


Sunny Monday on my Pie.


Brian and Maizie in our favorite coffee shop, Small World, Princeton, NJ.


Lovely Paper Source, Princeton. Sigh.


Back home for art show, Saturday night. Sold the last painting in my Simplicity series. Parting is always sweet sorrow - sad to see a painting go, but happy for its travels to a new home.


Glorious Foggy ride which ended in and around these small pines and fragrant locust. The locust trees smell earthy and citrus-y and remind me of riding my mare, Penny Lane years ago. Foggy loves circling around trees just like I do. He makes me giggle and brings me so much joy on every ride.


Another one of silly Pie. Poor Sovey doesn't have photos of our ride because he was the good boy who took me out through the rain yesterday. No cameras, but he kindly weathered the damp, icky pellets of drizzle just so I could get my horsey riding fix. These boys spoil me up everyday.

17 comments:

  1. Seems like you're all having a wonderful summer. Riding, tennis and selling paintings. Enjoying life is so important.

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  2. Looks like everyone is having fun!
    I'm looking forward to your post about an indie lifestyle with horses.

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    1. Thanks Imel - gotta get to that post!

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  3. You are doing so many things! Riding, spectating, art selling, coffee-drinking, cute store visiting, BLOGGING!! Your fans are reaping the benefits!!!!

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  4. Loving those mod Simplicity ladies! My grandma - we called her Honey - had mad seamstress skills. I spent many and early childhood shopping trip hiding under the fabric tables and fingering the notions.

    Glad your summer is going so well!

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    1. Hey C - I too spent a lot of time under fabric tables and looking at thousands of colorful buttons and zippers!

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  5. Juliette I so look forward to your posts, thank you for sharing your life and your wonderful philosophy on Indie horsemanship with us!

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    1. Thanks Pam for the nice comment - you inspire me to keep at this blog!

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  6. Your week sound wonderful. I can't believe how old Maisie is looking!
    Did you paint the Simplicity Pattern picture you're holding? Love it!

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    1. Hi Carol - yes I did paint the Simplicity pattern painting - thanks - it was a fun one!

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  7. You've inspired me to purchase a dr cook Bitless bridle again! I love the indie rider idea! I've been riding at night by moonlight.

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    1. How perfect equestrian_librarian!!! Moonlight riding is the very thing and so is the bitless. Happy rides!

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    1. I'm writing furiously - indie post coming soon!

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  9. A bareback horse waiting to be ridden is always so inviting !

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