Roy and Rex, Amish Work Horse Mural

Things are moving along on the matched team of belgian horse mural I am painting in the ‘Buggy Barn’ at Lehman’s in the Kidron store.  I am still working on the base and ‘blocking in’ and defining muscles and the bone structure of the horses.  My hope is this will be a place that the visitors coming into the store stop to have their picture taken.  Lehman’s gets visitors from all around the world and even though the Amish sights are common place here in Kidron it is a unique experience for many people.  In the last photo you can see the beginnings of the collar and harness for the horses.  The harness used is quite elaborate so I have a lot of detail still to do in this area.  The horses learn what job is expected depending on the tack they are wearing.  In the field and on the farm these animals play a very important role.  One of the things I most enjoy is seeing the partnership between animal and people.  In the spring during plowing and planting season the farmers are often seen resting their team at the ends of the rows.   Slow and steady is what gets the work done.  It is quite a different mind set than what is often seen in our world today.  The horses also thrive on the routine and when treated with respect enjoy their job.  I know with my own horses they enjoy the stimulation and challenge of training and being ridden and in return, as a good horse person, I provide them the care they need.  To see more work in progress pics click on my name above under the title of this post and you can see the progression of this mural and others I have painted at Lehman’s.  Thanks for stopping by!

About Sue Steiner

I am a professional artist living in the Kidron area. With a farming background and my love for animals and anything agricultural it was a natural fit when Lehman's asked me to paint the murals you see at the Kidron store. My biggest project to date was the mural of a life sized team of Amish work horses at the hitching post in the Buggy barn. I have the pleasure of adding to the murals on an ongoing basis as a painting demonstration during store hours on many Fridays. I also have the pleausre of bringing Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild members to the store for a wide variety of demos. You can find the demo schedule on this web site under the Events tab. It is always a pleasure to be in the store meeting new folks. I find Lehman's customers to be the very best, down to earth people! It is also my pleasure to help network with all the talented artists and crafters in the area.

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