I was a little surprised by how joyful it was to receive Partofthelandscape home to Clover Slope once more. He left about four years ago to help open the Doll & Toy Museum in Carlisle, KY and has served as a party animal ever since. Party has modeled horse costumes (created by Shirley Gentry) at the Corner Studio (home of the Courthouse Square Arts Guild) and he has kept rockers company at the Neal Welcome Center. He has even greeted guests to Derby Day festivities at Forest Retreat.
Paris Pike just before her launch
Party is my first Horse Mania horse. I painted him in 2000 and had the opportunity to buy him a few years later. We trailered him to Clover Slope, where he fit right in because the windows and door has a certain stable-like quality. In 2010, I painted Paris Pike. She was sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing ,Kentucky, and they also bought her at the auction. This is totally appropriate, as Paris celebrates the drive, especially along the beautifully expanded Paris Pike--perhaps one of the most beautiful roads in the country. Paris Pike now overlooks the goings on at Toyota's Georgetown, KY plant. Hmmm, I wonder if she had any input into the newly designed 2012 Camry?
Meanwhile, back at the Clover Slope ranch, Party will be groomed a bit. He could have used a nice clear coat job like Paris enjoyed. It is good to have him home; part of the homescape.