Covid Creativity: 28Jul2021

by Mary Wilson

I finally finished this painting, which had been requested about a year and a half ago. There were many issues for me. 

The person asking for the image had owned five horses over a period of years and wanted a commemorative representation. I worked from several different photographs of various ages, including one photocopy of a picture. I had to collate different poses (without people or halters) to get the right facial profile for each one.  

I have done pets, birds, wildlife but no horses. These animals were friends to the person. What if I got them wrong?  

I started on a wonderful natural linen canvas that had been given to me, along with a spectacular frame.  Perfect! No background painting, just images: only I couldn’t get my tracing to go onto the linen and I am not a good enough line sketcher to do the images by eye.  

Hours of work and frustration later I used a simple 9 x 12 inch canvas with several coats of Gesso, and the three layers of base coating for the background.  These horses span approximately 35 years.  I have the varnishing to complete, and I can tell the person it is ready.

Collectif members, we want to see your work! Send JPG images of work completed since March 2020 to with up to 100 words per image describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how you’re feeling more than a year into the Covid experience & how/if creativity helps. Give us informative, inspiring show & tell. Writers, send us poetry, lyrics, a short piece or excerpt and try to include a suitable illustration of some sort. For all images please include size (height by width), title & media. Thank you!


  1. You did a beautiful job!

    It’s a totally different approach, I think, when you paint a commissioned piece. It is work versus fun. Definitely stressful, wanting to please the buyer.


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