About two years ago I was browsing around a run-of-the-mill junque shoppe not too far from the Inn at Silver Maple Farm and I happened upon a flat black metal horse. It had two screw holes and appeared to be something one might affix to a house. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do with it, but there was something about it that I liked, so I took it home with me. It sat on a shelf waiting for its fate to be decided. I knew I wanted to work it into a painting somehow as folk art, and that I wanted it for The Sapling Room, but I did not know how to go about getting it done.
Then a few of months ago I was scrolling through my social media feed, and I saw some paintings posted by my artist friend TS. Immediately, I knew she had the right style for what I was hoping for. The next time she was in my neck of the woods, I asked her to stop by for a cup of tea, and showed her The Sapling Room and the horse, and discussed my idea of commissioning her to do the painting. Much to my relief, she was totally into doing it! Although she normally paints on canvas, she was willing to try painting on a wooden frame to accommodate the metal horse. A few weeks later, she sent me a couple of photographs that she had taken of a nearby pasture that she wanted to model the painting off of. Next thing I knew, I was getting texts of progression photos of the painting. I loved what I saw. A few weeks ago, she asked for the horse and then the painting was done! This was just what I wanted.