This is an 11×15 inch watercolor painting of two lovely palomino horses. This piece is a part of my series entitled “Spirits of Animalia”. Creating the spirits of animals is such a fascinating endeavor for me. I absolutely love envisioning the animal’s soul and how it can be portrayed to reveal their personal qualities. These sweethearts are cantering in the midst of a Japanese cherry blossom tree. I wanted to portray the joyful love the horses share for each other through the means of hidden symbolism. The entirety of the tree forms the shape of a heart and the branches delicately form two small hearts, giving both horses their own heartbeats. “Blossoming Sweethearts” was inspired by Beethoven’s 6th movement, “Pastoral”. This delightful symphony makes my heart flutter with joy. I have such fond memories of my elementary teacher playing it in our classroom to create a ambient atmosphere. I can vividly imagine the immense beauty Beethoven must have witnessed when escaping to the Austrian countryside! I can smell the sweet aroma of the wildflowers in the meadows and hear the hoofbeats of cantering horses like the dancing beat of my heart. Nature is constantly gives us such precious little gifts, from the welcoming shelter of a tree to the humble buzzing of a bumblebee.