It seems like it should be easy to paint a model horse in twenty eight days, but it's not. Every single one of the nearly two hundred fifty painters in the NaMoPaiMo winners' circle had to overcome some kind of adversity while finishing their model.
Of course, for some people the obstacles are much bigger. Our first NaMoPaiMo Champion of the Day, Marjolein van Baarle is still painting even as she recovers from cancer surgery. She writes: Here I am spraying the third oil layer after surgery! My drain is still attached as you can see. #determined. My doctor told me on Friday I probably wouldn't be able to paint for a couple of weeks, so I tried to let go of my expectations/wishes to continue on my NaMoPaiMo horse once I got home. I also REALLY underestimated the amount of pain I would be in, but.. Today was a better day and I couldn't wait to distract myself and continue with Mercury's NaMo progress! Chances are really, really small I'll be able to finish him, but I'm still trying!
Cynthia Wyatt Briley is another NaMoPaiMo warrior. Today she finished her model, a Maggie Bennett Feathersep, which she painted in pastels, oils, acrylics, and pencils to a bay/rose gray going gray. This wouldn't usually be a surpise because Cynthia is an accomplished finishwork artist. This year, however, it's a minor miracle. Cynthia explains: I did it!! Even with two abdominal surgeries and a subsequent infection, I still managed to get this tiny girl done!
I am in awe of the strength, determination and NaMoPaiMo spirit of both these women.
Congratulations, Cynthia. Your horse is gorgeous, and you are the NaMoPaiMo Champion of the Day.