During my June 2013 visit to Sand Wash Basin, there was a beautiful full moon. In my imagination, I saw wild horses on a ridge as the moon came up in the distance. The concept for this painting was inspired by that visit. The peaceful, and magical sight of Corona, one of the SWB icons watching the full moon was a vision I had to paint.
The inspiration for this painting happened at McCullough Peaks during my painting trip. I had been out painting the herd as the sun came up while they napped and peacefully grazed. About mid-morning, they began to stir and slowly move off. I knew where they were headed. I jumped in the truck and drove to the waterhole and watched as they thundered in for a drink.
The sound of their hooves, the dust the excitement was an amazing experience! I have done several paintings of that event and wanted to work one up that was larger. I invite you to watch as this 24x48 painting comes to life.
The composition sketched in.
I begin working in the background dust and horses.