Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ginkgo Mare, for "Scenes of Darley, pet cetera 2013”

In spite of several serious challenges, I managed to complete my painting for the "Scenes of Darley, pet cetera” which is now showing at the beautiful 

Headley-Whitney Museum.  

4435 Old Frankfort Pike 
Lexington, KY 40510
Phone: 859-255-6653
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The Sneak Preview Party was held on June 27, 2013 

The “Scenes of Darley, pet cetera” art exhibit including Priscilla Fallon's signature painting, will be on display from June 27-July 21, and at Freedom Fest July 26-27.

I feel honored to be among the artist participating in this fabulous event.

This is a list of the 2013 participating artist and sneak peaks of almost 40 pieces of incredible art that will be auction at the Freedom Fest Event
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 5:30 - 11:30 pm

____________ about the process _____________

Old Frankfort Pike is one of my favorite roads to travel in Kentucky. 

I took this image on my way home after joining other Kentucky artist, at the 'Darley at Gainsborough Farm' photo shoot for the upcoming '2013 Freedom Fest', Woodford Humane Society's summer fundraiser event.

On May, 25, 2013 it was a beautiful spring day, and I was fortunate enough to take over 100 photos to work from. All I can say, "it must be like horse heaven to live in such a grand environment". 

I learned that the Darely breeding operation currently stands stallions in seven countries around the world. The word impressive does not attempt to describe the entrances to the farm, the barns, the beautiful landscaping and mostly the magnificent horses! It was like a scene from a fabulous movie. 

Amidst all the serenity and beauty, I also felt sadness. 

For many years, I have advocated across Kentucky for people with serious 'untreated' mental illness. (Sometimes individuals who lack insight to their illnesses such as bipolar and schizophrenia, often end up homeless and lack access to treatment and resources, due to Kentucky's failure to provide adequate funding, treatment laws and the antiquated mental health system overall!) The difference between these two worlds sometimes boggles my mind.


Please don't misunderstand my passion for people, as I love animals as well. As an artist, I feel privileged to participate in such a worthwhile cause for the Woodford Humane Society.

The Woodford Humane Society does not accept government funding and is completely dependent on private contributions to continue to provide care to 1,200 animals each year. 

Since 2007, the Woodford Humane Society have placed 90% of our animals into their forever homes! The national average is around 25%.

Since I was a small child, I have sketched and painted horses, dogs and cats  so naturally participating in this event is perfect way to give to a incredible organization.

This year, I considered having one of the photos enlarged and framed for my contribution. But at the last minute, I decided to create. 

For several of my latest works, I have been painting on pages from vintage 1867 Cyclopidea-English literature book pages. I began my process by using Golden Gel Medium to gently apply the pages to an 11"x14" canvas. Arranging and collaging pieces of vintage paper, isn't as simple as one might think. 

Later, I looked through my photos and settled on a beautiful mare who actually seemed to pose for me the day I visited the Darley Gainsborough Farm.

Located on the farm, were many beautiful garden designs. I was particularly fascinated by all the mature Ginkgo trees around the stallion's stables, as well as the abundance of the Kousa Dogwoods on the Darley Gainsborough property. I decided to add Ginkgo leaves to the painting to give my horse a theme. I called the mare "Ginkgo", because I couldn't read the name on her halter.

Matt, at Hobby Lobby gives Ginkgo Mare the finishes touches and a great frame.


Artist Name: GG Burns
Title: Ginkgo Mare
Medium: Mixed Media, acrylic on canvas panel

Size: 11"x14", Framed

Suggested price: $275

This silent auction exhibit will be on display at the Headley-Whitney Museum until June 27-July 21, and at Freedom Fest July 26-27.  

Bidding concludes during the Freedom Fest Event on Saturday, July 27.