Via War Horse News: "In the old school they use now for the village hall, below the clock that has stood always at one minute past ten, hangs a small dusty painting of a horse. He stands, a splendid red bay with a remarkable white cross emblazoned on his forehead and with four perfectly matched white socks..."
So begins the unforgettable children's book, War Horse. And what about that painting, can we go see it? Can we buy a print of it?
Until late in 2011, the answer to both questions was a regretful "no". But all that has changed now, thanks to horse portrait artist Ali Bannister and a twinkle in author Michael Morpurgo's eye.
Ali, who served as Steven Spielberg's equine artistic advisor during the filming of War Horse, is not only setting the author's story straight with the beautiful painting of Joey but also in offering prints for sale to benefit horse charities...and horses.
Read more about War Horse at http://www.warhorseblog.com; visit Ali's special charity site for the prints and other War Horse related art: http://www.warhorseart.com/. Thanks for supporting these charities: Old Friends (Thoroughbred Retirement Farm), CANTER (placement and retraining of off-track Thoroughbreds) and the Brooke (Brooke Hospital for Animals in Cairo, Eqypt).
This segment was as seen on the British Broadcasting Corporation's "The One Show" in January 2012.