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Gypsy Fire (for Maxy, Fran & Elizabeth) by louisegreen

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Pastel on black Colourfix pastel paper
50cm x 70cm (August 2010)

I had an imaginary horse as a child – he was a pure black with a white mane & tail. Finally my parents bought me a pony at the age of 13, she was a grey Welsh Mountain x Anglo Arab filly.

Having always loved Palomino & Paint Horses I got involved with the Western horses years after that. But that elusive black with the silver mane & tail has not disappeared – so here he is.

After a trip to the Sydney Royal earlier this year I saw 2 gorgeous black Clydesdales with white blazes & 4 white stockings – they were the closest
I have seen to my imaginary steed. A friend sent some pics of her latest Irish import Gypsy stallion galloping in his paddock after he arrived in Australia. His mane, tail & feathers are so long & luxurious, I’ve been dying to use him in some way for a painting, even though he is a bay & white colour.

According to Lady Wentworth’s book on horses there once was an original breed of horse from Eastern Tartary called Karabolo – jet black with white tail, mane & legs. The Khan of Tartary kept 10,000 white horses.

The Greek hero Pollux had a horse named Cyllaros, who was coal black with a white mane & legs – obviously of the Karabolo breed.

So there you have it – there once was such a horse!

This one’s for Maxy, Fran & Elizabeth – hosts of the Solo Exhibition group who I woud like to thank deeply for the opportunity of Solo Artist’s feature
in the group.
Hope you girls enjoy the ride!

Featured in NEWMAN’S PET TEES & ART GROUP – August 2010
Featured in SIMPLY HORSES GROUP – September 2010

GYPSY FIRE (23/02/11)

Where poppies bloom in full day sun,
buds reaching for the light
A jet black Gypsy horse does run,
with mane and tail of white.

The flowers cast their scarlet hue,
his black coat red with fire
He runs beneath the sky so blue,
a proudly muscled sire.

Through ages past his breed long gone,
just one horse left behind
And in his blood, his race lives on
the last one of his kind.

(Text by Louise Green)


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Equine artist working in pastel, oils & acrylics – specialising in the romantic Friesian horse & magical Gypsy Cob. I also like to paint landscapes, unicorns & fantasy. I live on a farm surrounded by native animals & birds, horses, cattle, a few sheep & 3 dogs with my partner based on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Commissions accepted worldwide.

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  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kabout 4 years ago

    wonderful work, i love them in black with there white flowing manes and tails , well done :)) k

  • Hi Krisitina – you are quick! Thanks, glad you like it;)

    – louisegreen

  • WonderlandGlass
    WonderlandGlassabout 4 years ago

    You and Lindybird certainly have a talent for presenting beautiful portraits of these fine, intelligent and spirited creatures. Thank you for sharing your talent and vision, Louise. Peace

  • Hello Doug – thanks for your lovely comment, always a pleasure:)

    – louisegreen

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely stunning. No wonder it was your dream horse.

    Thank you, Louise. And it’s my honor and pleasure to hold a Solo Exhibit for you.
    You are very deserving of one. I have always loved your landscapes and horses.

    What fun it’s been, too, to follow and report on your achievements, along the way.


  • Thank you Fran, it’s been a great week indeed! Have had fun.
    I’m hooked on those Friesian & Gypsy horses now – but won’t forget the landscapes, I know you love them:)

    – louisegreen

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkabout 4 years ago

    Wow! It must have been so awesome to find out that your imaginary horse had really once existed Louise! Maybe you have lived in another life back then and maybe owned one! :)) It is simply divine! He is going straight to my favorites!! Gorgeous work as always!

  • Hello Ginny! Thanks for the fav – yes I’m sure I lived another life with horses once. They are so deeply embedded in my soul. Now I have to try & source a pic of those ancient horses – they are such a mystery.

    – louisegreen

  • dperalta
    dperaltaabout 4 years ago

    Stunning work! The Gypsy has to be my favorite horse. Bravo!

  • Thank you Debi for your lovely comment:)

    – louisegreen

  • starlite811
    starlite811about 4 years ago

    This is stunning artwork. Very beautiful.

  • Thank you Starlite, I appreciate your visit & lovely comment;)

    – louisegreen

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work and story Louise

  • Hi Angel – thanks my dear:)

    – louisegreen

  • Barssel
    Barsselabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant…………… have an extraordinary talent

  • Adrian, thanks for your lovely comment:)

    – louisegreen

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeabout 4 years ago

    Wow Louise this is stunning and I love the dedication to Frannie, Maxy and Elizabeth. Was wonderful to read your story. I love the black of the gypsy horse against the pretty flower background. A lovely touch indeed.

  • thank you Anthea, I thought you would like this one:)

    – louisegreen

  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayabout 4 years ago

    Oh how beautiful and what a wonderful dream…hope you still dream of him Louise:)

  • Hi Shanina, sorry for the late reply – thanks so much, wouldn’t it be great to see a horse like this for real in the flesh? Blue-black with a silver white mane & tail:)

    – louisegreen

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