Inspiration: Where does it come from?


I desperately gripped the mane of the wild Andalusian fiercely as he wheeled around and reared up on his hind legs. His incredibly long white mane tangled around my arms and hands as he flung his head back into my face. Momentarily I could see nothing but a whirl of hair. I felt the power in his rippling muscles tense up under my trembling thighs. Then, without warning...beep, beep, beep, beep... 



Instinctively reaching over, I slammed down the snooze button of my alarm clock. Rats!! Just when things were getting exciting! Closing my eyes, I tried to grasp the image that was quickly fading into the morning sunlight. What a horse! What an experience! How I wish I had more than just a few seconds on him! When I finally got myself together and fully awake, I drew up the image I had seen in my dream.

Where do you find inspiration for your creations? I have been asked this many times. Some, like the Andalusian model, come from subconscious experiences of the mind, like the dream above. Some come from images captured by others, some from chasing the actual animal around in a corral. Some others, who knows! The horse is such a part of my life, who can say what wondrous subconscious images lay there? You must live and breathe horses to see the endless possibilities.

A sketch of the Andalusian before I began sculpting.

If you want to create something new and original, try googling "horses playing" or "horses running" and look through the hundreds of images that pop up in the Google library. Of course, you can't use them as they are; they are not yours after all. But you can get inspiration just from looking at them. Allow yourself to day dream and let your imagination go for a gallop. Knowing how horses move and what their character is like, will also allow you to develop a feel for what is possible. Then again, you can always dream your way to a new creation- that's always much more fun. 


This is the Andalusian in the final stages of the clay sculpture. His evolution started from dream images and went through several stages to reach the galloping pose he was eventually cast and released in. The sculpture in resin.



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Flicka221CHO Says:
12/21/2017 at 5:01 pm


That sketch of the Andalusian is magnificent! I am working on my drawings, but they aren't as good as yours!

BreyerLover2222 Says:
08/30/2017 at 1:55 pm


khodge Says:
06/09/2017 at 8:56 pm

horse racing

how do you make them so boutifil

BreyerLover2222 Says:
05/27/2017 at 1:52 pm

I've probably drawn a horse almost as good as that picture up there, but not AS good!!! That sketch is AMAZING!!!! :) :)

LillianRobinBlade Says:
05/15/2017 at 1:34 pm

I used to be able to draw a horse as good as that. Not anymore (I need to practice)
It's not bad till I do the legs and ears. Those are the hardest part.

BreyerLover2222 Says:
12/16/2016 at 1:20 pm

YES!!!! :D

AggieCowgirl Says:
12/11/2016 at 7:46 pm

I love that model!

Man, Kathleen! You out did yourself with that model!

AggieCowgirl Says:
12/10/2016 at 4:24 pm

I love that model horse!

That model horse is so cool!

BreyerLover2222 Says:
07/21/2016 at 12:00 pm

This article was full of inspiration!!!

jockeygirl Says:
06/30/2016 at 5:06 pm

Amazing Masterpiece!

Your drawing style is a lot like mine! I love to draw, and I really admire your talent! The details are exquisite and the motion is captured beautifully! It is a masterpiece! I also admire the way you wrote the scene to go with the picture - your writing is very absorbing, not to mention poetic!

BreyerLover2222 Says:
06/05/2016 at 3:35 pm

Love this Inspiration page! That is so amazing!!

Shrimpacorn Says:
02/24/2015 at 8:07 pm

I love these entries so much! It's great to hear from such an amazing artist :D please put some more up soon

Kathleen Moody Says:
02/23/2015 at 1:49 pm

Thank You! But ALL of you could be just as "gifted" as me- It all boils down to how much you love it and how much you are willing to work at it. Like playing the piano, no one gets good overnight. Start now- get drawing and don't stop until you are just as good as me!
Oh- and have fun at it!!

breyerismylife2014 Says:
02/04/2015 at 8:05 pm

woah thats awesome!!!!!

Vicky Breyer Lover Says:
01/10/2015 at 4:21 pm


that's cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Salliejj Says:
11/01/2014 at 1:41 pm


Shadowqueen Says:
07/21/2014 at 1:10 pm

That is so amazing; I wish I could draw/sculpt like that! You truly are gifted.

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