While visiting the Pryor Mountains I was blessed to see Cloud's band every day that I was there. Cloud has an amazing presence, combined with the beautiful setting, it made for an extremely moving experience. Watching Encore, Cloud's filly was so much fun. This painting was inspired by her desire to play with a colt one afternoon.
Oil on linen
Please enjoy a tour of the four areas I visited and see some of the amazing horses. Cloud and Encore make an appearance!!
There is something that is so inspiring about being able to watch and learn from wild horses. This summer was my first time to do that with the McCullough Peaks herd. These horses tended to mass together in the day as they grazed and napped. Since I was there for several days, I watched them thunder into the waterhole and amble in as well. There was time for a dip in the water after a drink and a good session of play after that.
But one of the more peaceful and beautiful things was watching the band Stallions take up the last position as they headed out for the the evening. Watching for predators and keeping everyone together his strength and watchfulness are what defined him. This painting was inspired by that.
"McCullough Peaks Stallion. As the sun set, he followed his band over the ridge."
My month long trip into wild horse country afforded me wonderful viewing and painting opportunities. It was bug season, so I learned that Bounce dryer sheets really do keep the mosquitoes and no-see-ums away. Despite the elements of nature and hazards of painting something on the move from life, I managed to get some good field work done.