Thursday, January 30, 2014

2014, Year of the Horse

In the Chinese New Year, this is the Year of the Horse. It is my hope that is will be a year of freedom  for wild horses, companionship for our domestic friends and health and happiness for each other.

One of my favorite wild horses is Picasso from the Sand Wash Basin in Colorado. I first met him in 2011, and I was thrilled to be able to spend some time and paint him from life. I have since been able to visit and paint him from life and in the studio many times. This painting is based on his wonderful band and the feeling that I have when I am with him.

"Family Time"

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Wild Horses, the Sunset and a River Crossing

Following the theme of beautiful light of the setting sun, I wanted to express that beauty I see at the river.  One of my favorite wild horses was the model for this painting.  "Robin" is a stallion that I have enjoyed following for years and I have learned so much from him about the world of wild horse relationships.

"Sunset in Shallow Water"

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wild Horses at Sunset

The sun  is setting, the breeze is dieing down, the birds are singing their evening song as wild horses move from the top of the ridge  to their resting place. That is what I experienced last summer. The beauty of the light and horses was peaceful and exciting at the same time.  A couple of months ago, I worked up a study for this painting, (Sold), and really enjoyed working on this larger version, it would bring warmth to any room!

 "Wild Horse Sunset"

Thursday, January 2, 2014

McCullough Peaks Wild Stallions

The wild horses at McCullough Peaks are absolutely stunning! Their large bones and rugged handsome build are very classical in appearance. While I was there, I watched a small group of bachelor stallions playing. I am always slightly amused by how unconcerned the other horses are that are not involved in the play. They continue as if nothing is happening. Then I realize how exciting it is for me to be there watching. This became the inspiration for  "Above the Earth". I also made a short video of these horses for you to enjoy and see a bit of the paintings progress.

"Above the Earth"