This Plein air painting is of "Bandit", a great trail horse with a quiet mind. I first met Bandit, along with his side-kick Smokey last Fall. Since that time, I've gotten to visit with the horses and owners while I have been Plein air painting horses at Goldfield Ghost Town. I depicted Bandit without his tack on, and wanted to show the warm and cool transitions in his coat. That is one of the primary benefits of painting horses from life. Seeing how the sunlight effects those colors is one of the joys of painting on location.
The Horsemanship Connection: Transitions are another element that has a connection between painting and horsemanship for me. Not only the transitions between the gaits, but the transitions in ground work as well. But the transition I am thinking about today is the one we have with our level of energy through feel. this is something our horses are aware of each time we present ourselves and our intent to them. This energy, feel and connection is also what I feel when I paint.