THE PAINTED PONIES
The Trail of the Painted Ponies began in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2001 as a public art project for the promotion of cultural tourism, featuring the art community of the Southwest. One of its purposes was to raise money for worthwhile philanthropic organizations.
Wendy Wells-Bailey writes:
“When I was asked by Delstar Corporation to do a painted pony for Phoenix, Arizona Sky Harbor Airport, I had no idea what I would do or the incredible journey it would lead me to. I keep a large, too large, portfolio of every sketch I make. It was to this “file” that I looked to for an inspiration for this pony. At last I came across a group of drawings I was planning to use for a painting. However, as so often happens in my life, adventure had called and instead of painting I found myself touring the vast desert of the Colorado Plateau. So there they lay, almost forgotten as I roamed the plateaus of the Colorado River. At first glance I knew they were perfect. In true Phoenix spirit the sketches rose again in a new form, this time for the world to share but that’s going ahead of myself. I had to first figure out how to turn a one dimensional sketch into a three dimensional object, the pony. I started by altering the original pony with resin, making its mane go the “wrong” way and changing its tail.
“As always when I work with resin as a sculpture medium I immediately find myself up to my elbows in goo! The results however were wonderful, now a new challenge presented itself. Where do I start to paint? Logically, I asked the Pony and of course her answer was to start with her eyes. Once I had her eyes painted the rest of the painting just fell into place. Thanks to the amazing success of the Phoenix Pony I have had the pleasure of traveling all over North America with personal appearances, and TV interviews. I have met the most wonderful people, horse enthusiasts and art collectors. I hope you will enjoy owning this Pony as much as I enjoyed creating it.”
PAINTED PONIES BY WENDY WELLS-BAILEY
Free Spirit Horse, resin sculpture painted in acrylic and gold, 16" long x 6" wide, 13.5" tall at highest points
Edition: Original, Price: $3,700 CD
It’s been a long time since I rode wildly over the prairie, but sometimes, more often than I am willing to admit, my heart goes riding over those plains. I should be working, doing the tasks that a modern Woman of commerce does, but my heart sometimes just can’t stay still. I have painted many ponies and horses, all for commissions and commercial reproduction but this Horse is my own, and like the song her body is painted as an Eagle. She has the power of Earth and Air. Ancient mythology tells me the Horse is also a symbol for Water which is her blue, and my Horse is here prancing over the Fires of Creativity. She is complete. Climb on her back, let your Spirit soar to unimagined heights!
The Phoenix Pony, resin signed by the artist in gold pen, 7" at base by 7" at top of mane
Edition: 1st Edition, Number: 6476, $275 CD + shipping
Sky Rider, resin with signature in gold ink, 7" x 6" tall
First Edition 1E 6476 signed, $125 CD + shipping
This Sky Rider is being offered to the public for the first time. It is a first edition signed by the artist. The design for the pony originated as a painting, “Cloud People,” a print of which is also available. When you purchase Sky Rider Pony we will include the original poem for the Pony not used by Westland Gifts, its original box and hang tag.
The Hopi believe that when their elders pass on they continue to exist among the clouds, where they protectively watch over their descendants. Wendy, a graduate of the London School of Fine Art who feels her spirit dwells in the deserts, mesas and canyons of the Southwest, has taken this belief to new heights, literally imagining a Pony stampeding across he sky on a glorious journey, collecting the faces of the ancestors and becoming one with the Cloud People.
The Phoenix, acrylic on canvas, museum wrap, 20" x 40", Edition: Original, $1,650 + shipping
The Phoenix Prints, Giclee on paper, 8.5" x 10" + ivory mat, Edition: Open, $45 including shipping