by cheri sabraw
I remember back to 1988 when, as the journalism instructor at the high school level, I made a serious mistake in judgement. Suffice to say that something was published which should not have been. I learned all the laws of libel that year.
For someone who prides herself in doing the right thing, I felt deflated, bruised, and naive that year. I told my husband that I was going to quit as the journalism instructor.
He reminded me that when I looked back on my journalism career, I would always see it in a negative light. He advised that I go back for one more year and do it right.
That piece of advice was sage. Not only did I go back and “do it right,” I lasted another ten years in that role.
To that point, I believe that the same is true in most endeavors, including artistic expression.
After I decided to start over, I spent another 12-15 hours working on a smaller version of the first rendering. When I finished that piece, I realized the filly was too big! My perspective was wrong.
Should I attempt a third painting of the same subject?
The answer was yes.
I redrew the images and decided to change the background. I envisioned the Cedar River in Nebraska, the setting of my painting. I envisioned low trees along the river and positioned it far in the background.
With the advice of Kayti Sweetland Rasmussen, I moved the filly into the foreground and left her mother with her head in the grasses.
I painted in an old windmill with the sun’s rays on its rotors.
Kayti reviewed the painting and suggested color by the filly’s legs.
I’m happy with the results and title this painting “Nebraska Reverie.” It is for sale.