One cool, breezy morning I was out painting and watched several bands of horses come to the river. The breeze combined with the water made for playful interaction. This painting, "Stallion Moves" was based on what I saw that day. I was lucky enough to capture some of the action on video.
One of my goals when painting wild horses, is to bring as much of the experience to the viewer as I can. While out painting, I captured some video footage and wanted to paint the very dramatic and quick encounter of two stallions that happened.
"Two Stallions, a Mare and a Foal"
Oil on primed mat board
I really wanted to give the feel of movement of all four horses, along with the spray of water during the encounter. Here is the video and dynamics that inspired me.
Purchase price for this expressive study is $150.00
Spring is such an exciting time for those of us watching for new members in a wild horse band. To see a young colt begin to move from the wobbly leg stage to the tearing around doing big laps and jumping up in the air is down right fun! This mare and her new filly were resting on the other side of the river from where I was sitting. Every few minuets they would move around. I wanted to express the feeling of movement in this piece and how close this little one stayed by Mom's side.
So much goes into the completion of a painting. I go through several stages to collect my reference, make field studies, value and color studies, then a final studio painting. Each painting in the process has it's own appeal and a valuable place in my process.
The process for "Family Ties" started last August. I painted the field study early one morning.
Before I begin painting, I always take a couple of quick photos of my subject.
"The White Mare"
This is the field study I did that morning.
Photo by Robin Knight
Painting "The White Mare"
"Close to Mom"
A small color study.
A value study.
The painting process is one that involves as much authenticity and connection with my subjects as I can get. Through that process, I hope to bring to the viewer as much life and introduction into each piece as I can.