This is an 8" x 10" acrylic painting on acid-free paper. It is inspired
by my reading of The Dictionary of Faiths and Folklore compiled by W.C.
Hazlitt. It refers to a game beloved by children called "all fours"
which is exactly the same game of "horsey rides" that children enjoy
today. I decided to depict it in a surreal fashion with little
grotesqueries. I've made the poor, put upon, baby sitter more
animal-like and elongated with a long-suffering look that many a weary
childminder has worn. The face is inspired by Grace McDaniels, also known as the Mule-Faced Woman. She suffered from Sturge Weber Syndrome. The bottom half of her face grew very contorted and swollen. I have always found her deformity to be somewhat beautiful and inspiring. Two bored little ungrateful beings sit astride my
poor beastie as they take one of those endless, back-wearying kiddie