'Four Black Horses' Music Opera Series Michael Dutka Daily Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

'Four Black Horses 2'

36 x 48 inches (3ft by 4ft)   Oil on Canvas

Contact me to commission a painting.  Laurie

 © Laurie Justus Pace     Graphics One Design 2010

The Painting:  A celebration of life, a celebration of music and a painting led by the Spirit of New York Opera Writer Michael Dutka.  Listening to the cd of the opera while I painted and listening to the story of these dignified majestic black horses brought tears to my eyes and passion to my palette knife. I do not know if my painting is strong enough to capture the love these four black horses had for their princess.

The Thought: First short note: The Tink was here yesterday.  Yes, I have pictures, but they are still on my camera so you will have to wait.   We took her to our favorite Mexican Restaurant and she loves Mexican food.  Four Generation Uncle Julio's on Lemon Ave in Dallas.

My main thought goes with the opera story.  I think I shared it before, but you have to read through it again.  The four black horses were part of the Princess' life and took her everywhere. They were accustomed to posh stables and a beautiful royal life. When the Princess fell ill, her son sold the horses because he wanted  a new fangled car instead of horses. The horses were sold off to another man and this opera is about what the horses think in their new position...their new job you might say.  They meet up with the princess in the end one more time as they carry her body to be buried. They do not realize it at first, but during the procession, they discover they carry her in their wagon.  Think of what that burial march was like for the princess with music and the whole kingdom turning out in respect...the colors, flowers, music and all the lives of the people there... the color in my painting is a reflection of the energy that day as those four black horses drew the wagon that carried the coffin with their princess in it. Proudly they bore her to her resting place.

Micheal's work is full of much grace and beauty. His compositions reflects every innuendo and facet in the minds of the four horses and their reflections to life before and now. He draws out so tenderly on their different personalities and views of life as a royal horse and now a working horse. The music ranges from daunting to uplifting as the story weaves through the melody lines.

It is rare to mesh painting and music for such a specific purpose. I am flattered that they asked me to paint this in celebration of this great work. 

In your life you will reflect back many times to "Before" and "Now' and compare often what you had then to what you have now. Sometimes it is better, sometimes it is worse.  Or is it really worse or better?  Not really. Things change. How you view that change determines the outcome of everything.
Relying on God through those changes will make a huge difference in your life. Pray to Him and allow Him to bring you comfort.


"As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you." Isaiah 66:13