Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Painting at Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Area

During my trip, I camped for 8 days at Sand Wash Basin. Since this was my third year to visit, there were horses that I had painted and photographed before that I really wanted to see again. "Benson" was one of those horses. Benson, is full of personality and distinctive good looks. His band had changed considerably since last year and he was intent on keeping them together.

Here is a short video I made of my morning while painting "Benson".

Painted on location at the Sand Wash Basin.
 "Benson" Painted from life.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Wild Horses of McCullough Peaks

This visit to McCullough Peaks was my first. The range was easy to locate, (being very close to Cody, WY), and easy to travel on. This band is full of classic wild horses, resting together and sparing near the waterholes and stud piles. They are sturdy and gorgeous horses!

A little action as stallions spar.

Mud-caked after rolling in the waterhole. This extra layer helps ward off fly's.

Two bachelors get some practice in for the time they will defend their band.

Pronghorn share the range.

Nothing like an early morning roll!
View from the GoPro.

I got several paintings done while I was here and will be posting those soon.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wild Horses at the Pryor Mountains

The wild horses of the Pryor Mountains are well known from the wonderful films featuring Cloud, the Palomino stallion that filmmaker Ginger Kathrens has documented during the past 18 years. It was such a thrill to see Cloud and his band on the mountain top. Encore, the newest filly in Clouds band is full of life and a joy to watch.

Cloud and Encore.

During the few days I had to spend up there, I saw several other bands and enjoyed watching the dynamics that played out.

Photo by Kim Michels
I had the chance to get a couple of paintings done while I was out there too. At was fun to meet Kim Michels and have her as my guide during this trip.

I am looking forward to sharing photos, stories and paintings  from this trip.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Sand Wash Basin

It was great to be at the Sand Wash Basin again! When I pulled up to the place I expected to see horses, I was delighted to see Picasso and his band. It was good to see them and I just sat for a while and soaked up Picasso. He is one of my favorite horses to paint and is full of wild horse life.  During the week I was there he had a romance going on with Sagewood and she joined his band by the end of the week.
Picasso, neck arched and ready for action!
New colt in Braves band.

The bachelors were ready for some Big Boy games all week.

During the week I was blessed to have several friends make the trip out to visit me and spend time with the horses. I am very grateful for the time to spend with friends and to meet in person those that I have met online.

The opportunity to paint was always at hand and I got several field studies done.  Including a 6x6 of Corona. I was thrilled to get this done.  He allowed me to observe him from some distance and I got that quick painting done with the morning light hitting his coat.

It has been a challenge to get cell service, charge batteries and to find internet for very brief periods of time. I still need to photograph all the paintings that I have done. I also look forward to editing (thousdands) of photos and a few video clips as well!