This artwork is Copyright © Kathy Shell 2016.
It was my ambition to capture the look of transparent water where you could see the stones at the base of the shallow stream, after a visit to Porepunka in south-east Victoria, Australia. There was a gymkhana in the town. I sat on a log, blissfully content painting en plein air. In the distance I could hear a man on a megaphone instructing the riders. I tuned the noise out, focused on my painting and seeking solitude, just me and the empty paddock, (field) and the creek as my view.
It became harder to block the noisy man and that megaphone out. He was shrieking into it.
His screams got through my tranquil mood—and I heard—"Will the girl on the horse jump GET OFF—The horses are coming!"