Friday, June 19, 2009

The Story of Prairie Bayou

Oil on Gallery Profile Canvas

I was the editor of a horse racing magazine years ago, and one of the stories we published was about a race horse named Prairie Bayou. Prairie Bayou was famous more for his demise on the racetrack than for his amazing racing career.

With all of the media coverage and speculation, I often wondered if anyone loved him for something other than his ability to make money for his owners. This is the home I've made for him in my mind, a peaceful place to rest with plenty of delicious plants to nibble. I haven't forgotten you, Prairie Bayou.


Archie and Melissa said...

hi nancy!
oh it is a wonderful place you have created on so many levels. thank you for sharing it and the story of how it came to be!

Laura said...

I love this, Nancy! There is no end to your talent! So beautiful.

Angela Elledge said...

Love the story behind your painting, so beautiful!

Did ya'll paint last weekend at the Arboretum? I wish I could have been there.

Yesterday I was driving back from Tyler and just plugged in home on the GPS, instead of taking me to the interstate in Tyler, the GPS had me drive for quite a distance on Hwy 64 (basically a back country road). It wasn't until I was in downtown Canton that I realized where I was. Anyway, the drive on this country highway was beautiful...rolling hills and fields and fields of black-eyed susan! I thought about you and your paintings, you would have loved the colors and the wild flowers. Take care.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Nancy
Moms remember Prarie Bayou very much so. He was a beauty. Mom was born horse crazy-, and used to have horses. She knows a bit about a lot of different horses, and says your painting is so gorgeous that yes, any horse would love to live there and nibble the grass.
How beautiful you painted the picture

Art with Liz said...

Oh Nancy what a lovely remembrance. Horses are the 'dancers' of our planet, such beautiful and graceful creatures and we should remember them as such. This is an absolutely incredible painting.

Sonia said...

It feels like paradise when I look at this marvelous painting! I love your work!