Exploring tempo and rhythm – Important in art as well as riding

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“Tempo” Original acrylic on canvas 48″ x 36″ Prints available 48″ x 36″ and 40″ x 30″

In art, rhythm is achieved when the elements are placed in a predictable manner so that they form a pattern. The pattern sets an order and the sequence of that order is what creates the tempo. In this case the vertical brush strokes and the paint runs create a strong sense of rhythm and their spacing and size creates the tempo.

In riding, its just the same. Rhythm is the footfalls of each gait: four beats for walk, two beats for trot, three beats for canter. Tempo is the rate of repetition of those footfalls.

This painting really does have great energy. It will always remind us of the importance of rhythm and tempo. Do you have a dull, boring wall somewhere that needs energizing?

 

For riding – A great reference on rhythm verses tempo is here:
https://dressagetoday.com/blog/rhythm-tempo-31687

Painting and riding are just so related…