Not all horses roam the great spaces of the west, wild and free (and even those that do are finding that the great spaces are getting smaller and smaller).
Many horses find themselves in small paddocks and barn stalls, awaiting the moment when their human companions visit to take a ride, head out to the fields, spend some time together. Until then, the horses find themselves waiting, sometimes together – which always adds a sense of companionship – and sometimes alone.
Waiting indeed is an activity that many of us are familiar with and few of us enjoy. (How many times have we heard someone say, “I hate waiting. I’m just not a patient person”? Conversely, have we ever heard anyone say, “Waiting is great! You never know what’s going to happen or when it’s going to happen – the uncertainty of it all is really exciting, in a quiet sort of way”?)
In the artwork, Waiting, two horses are together on a peaceful country day, companionably spending the day together despite the fence that separates them. (The horse on the left, interestingly, is a remote descendant from a herd kept by the Nez Perce tribe headed by Chief Joseph, in the late 19th century.)
These two horses are owned by a man in Eastern Washington who for many years bred race horses, and though he does so no longer, he keeps and treasures his horses, regularly spending time with them – so that though they are sometimes kept waiting, they also enjoy the fruits of friendship with their human companion.
And in that sense, waiting is well worth it, isn’t it – when we are waiting to see someone we care about, waiting to spend time with someone who adds meaning and depth to our life, and, we hope, we add meaning and depth to theirs. It is worth being patient (but still, not always easy!) when the result is worth receiving.
Featured in 33 Fine Art America groups.
First Place Winner in the Home on the Range contest sponsored by the Fine Art America group of the same name -- May 2020
May 1st, 2019
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