Vienna calling!…and Salzburg

horse carriage, Austria by frankeber 2011       nice raincoats by frankeber 2011

The reference materials for these scenes are from my friend, a music professor who has played in Vienna and Salzburg many times. He travels there quite a bit and was able to take some great pictures for me! I am quite taken with these work horses and carriages! To think how long horses have been part of street scenes in those old cities! Long before cars and bicycles they were there already, easing the lives of humans by providing transportation and delivery.
You may argue that this type of horse does not look as graceful as, say, an Andalusian. But to me, these are beautiful in their own way. They may look awkward and big, but once they are moving, it is easy to see how strong and resilient they are!

I love that they put plastic rain coats over them when they are ‘parked’. Huddled together at ‘Residenzplatz’, they are awaiting their next ride, these days only to carry tourists with cameras around the old town. Still, they are in need today as they once were. Some things never change!

I know I put the two horses smack dab in the middle of the compostion, but I don’t care…I feel it’s working just fine, and rules are really there to be broken. I was thinking of putting a figure somewhere to the right of them, walking into the scene but I am not sure the painting needs it? What do you guys think…figure or not? There is sort of an opening between the tall building and the car.

Thanks to all of you who were interested in my work this past year, I really appreciate your visits! Wishing you a Happy New Year and many great paintings! Never stop slinging paint!!


9 thoughts on “Vienna calling!…and Salzburg

  1. Debbie Lewis

    The yellow horse painting works just fine as-is! Love it 🙂

    By the way, to all your friends, Frank is teaching a workshop in Long Beach, CA, March 21-23.

    Contact me if you want to attend! We still have some seats available!

  2. lesliepaints

    I don’t think you could have placed the horses anywhere else, Frank. This had to be carried through more like a portrait of that wonderful team of Belgians. The trees and car and steeple complete with that whip line I see sort of carries the composition an through and leads our eyes to the horses where I find my resting spot. Perfect!

    The other painting is full of movement and the story speaks of being ready to move on. More about the happenings than the horses. Excellent. Your work is superb, but I think I have said that before. 🙂

    1. frankeber Post author

      Thank you, leslie! Thank you. I think you could get an award for leaving great comments, not because you say my work is good but because you actually observe and understand what’s going on— you must be an artist…hahaha oh, horrible joke. It is a pleasure to get your comments! All the best to you for 2012

  3. Eric

    Wow! Those to paintings are just beautiful! I love the painterly feel, the lost and found. Very inspiring Frank!

    – eric

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