This is an original painting WAR HORSE-THE CONSCRIPT which was inspired by the story of the war horses in WWI. Stunning colours with metallic swirls and glitter.
A dramatic hand painted, textured piece for your walls, this painting will brighten your mood on any dull day with its vibrant colours and use of glitter and metallic paints. The picture doesn’t do it justice, the painting is made up of layers which glisten and shine as you view the painting from different viewpoints.
No frame needed for this vibrant wall art, as the edges are painted too. Standing at 100cm x 100 x 4cm/40 x40 x1.5 inches, with the fixings included.
This painting is part of my series of work commemorating some of the people, places and events of WWI, a hundred years on. 8 million horses are believed to have died on all sides in WWI. A huge number of animals taken from civilian life, most ripped from the families that loved them to the horrors of the battlefield. Some had already been military horses and were experienced in the so called glory of the military charge made famous by the charge of the light brigade.
The story of the war horse is now fairly well known thanks to the book, film and stage show War Horse by Michael Morpurgo and I hope that my painting will touch the hearts of the viewer to think about the horrors faced in the years of war by so many horses most of whom would never have experienced anything like the time they spent on the frontline.
Horses and countless mules and donkeys were used mostly for transport of food, munitions, injured men and equipment throughout the war. Millions died from battle wounds from shellfire and guns but most died from the dreadful conditions, lack of food and weather.
The value of horses was such that by 1917 at The Battle of Passchendaele many units were told that the loss of a horse was far worse than the loss of a man because they were more difficult to replace. Men were assigned to care for the horses and there are many images of distressed soldiers with the body of their horse in their arms. The distress of the horses must have been a terrible thing for the soldiers caring for them, their death even worse!!
Veterinary hospitals were set up to treat battle wounds and shell shock which affected the higher bred horses more than those of hardy stock. their efforts saved many but huge numbers of corpses lined the roads where they had died!
When the war ended many of the surviving horses were shot due to age or illness whilst younger ones were sold to slaughter houses or local people much to the distress of those looking after them.Very few returned to their homes. Of 136,000 horses bought from Australia only a single horse retired home.
THE CONSCRIPT is an original painting created to commemorate the millions of horses that died in WWI as well as those taken from civilian life to war. As a lover and rider of horses from a young age I cannot imagine the trauma of a beloved horse being taken away to be apart of the war machine! Ponies were not generally taken due to the concern for children worried about their pets should they be taken to the war.
The images here show some of the development of the painting through to the finished piece of art.
The original piece has created tears of emotion from the energies and reflections that it caused when first shown in my studio.
For more about my series of art commemorating some of the events, people and places of WWI in my blogs on my website www.charronpugsleyhill.com
Created by hand in England.
I love creating connections that enable people to feel joy and happiness through experiences that connect them to
people and the natural world,
the mind, body and spirit,
people, their stories and their message to the world
emotions, intuition and energies
My art is about allowing the creation and the magic to unfold naturally, in the moment and in an intuitive way that evolves visually before me through both paintings and installations. My art embraces the unknown by channelling the inspiration from my experiences and knowledge of the world around me. I rarely plan any of my work as I trust myself on an emotional and creative level to create the work that I feel deep within my heart.
My work always comes from the heart. It comes from my spirit and emotions. I connect with our inner child to create art that is vibrant and colourful with deep energetic meaning. My art is an exploration of our spiritual selves. It is taking my imagination and putting the intangible beauty into an earthly form for you to connect with on a spiritual and a happiness level.
Most of my work is inspired by nature and the outdoor world both of which are connected by the stories and messages that each can convey through my art.
I am lucky enough to be on a constant journey of discovery, leading to new places and new ideas. There will never be enough time to create all that I want and need to show and share with the world.
“Each artist follows their own spiritual path. You have to believe that it’s your dream and your life and you have permission to be who you want to be. As an artist you must work and create to let your ideas or energies become reality. You have to make space for the ideas and inspiration to flow to create and develop new work. No one can tell you what to do. You act on your intuition and forge your own path. You need to be tenacious, to work hard and to follow your own true path.” Charron
Measurements and care instructions
This is a unique, statement piece of art. The size is 100 x 100 x 4cm and is painted on the edges of the board so there is no need for you to add a frame. Also included will be the fixings for hanging the painting.
Please remember that Photographs do not show the gorgeous shimmer of the metallic paints and glitters. These will be a additional pleasure when you unpack your painting after purchase!
Delivery and Insurance is included. The painting is shipped 3-7 days after the payment is received. Delivery to certain countries around the world can take between 2-5 weeks. The customers are responsible for the payment of all the taxes and duties, that certain countries and customs can apply. Typically a painting to the US takes about a week.