Kandace Wilson: living canvas photography project

Elyse painting Max

Elyse painting Max

I don’t particularly consider myself an artist and certainly not a painter. But last week, I had the opportunity to be both when photographer & fashion designer Kandace Wilson invited me to participate as a collaborator in her ongoing horse painting project. Kandace grew up at the track, always around horses -the  underlying inspiration behind building this body of work. The end products are a portfolio of stellar images of the painted horse, textiles created from the painted imagery, and fashion designs using those textiles. There were a host of constraints and challenges in the process that make the experience one-of-a-kind: time is your biggest challenge as you’re working with a large furry animal that gets bored quickly and requires both entertainment and breaks; the fur, in both color and texture provides a challenging canvas to work on; working on location requires a certain degree of spontaneity and creativity… but beyond the challenges came some sweet and unexpected rewards both in the finished product that begins to take on a living, breathing life of its own, and in the experience of working with this majestic animal. Kandace continues to search for, and looks forward to connecting with willing participants, artists (and horses) of any variety who would be interested in future horse-painting collaborations.

Ace I, 2009

Ace I, 2009

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Abstract Compilation: Textile Pattern From Horse Painting 2009

Abstract Compilation: Textile Pattern From Horse Painting 2009

Horse Head Pattern Textile

Horse Head Pattern Textile

Horse-Head Pattern Dress

Horse-Head Pattern Dress

Ace: Listening

Ace: Listening


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  • http://trytobegood.com Fei

    Wow what kind of paint is that?

  • elyse

    Tempera paint… washes right off.

  • http://sashamlee.com Sasha

    Can she do a paint-a-pug project next?

  • http://www.offthemarkandroaming.blogspot.com Amelia

    Lovely, I will have to share this with my friends who ride.

  • Anna

    Lovely! I hope that PETA won’t get their knickers in a bunch over this.