I was walking around the Rodeo grounds taking pictures when two young girls came riding up, riding bareback on this horse and politely posed for me. As you can see I left them out. Digital pictures let you drop them in Photoshop and retreive details lost in the dark shadows, but this was taken before digital. I just guessed at the dark side of this horse and don't trust myself on the gir'ls details. The profile was just great and I couldn't resist painting it. It probably would be better with a landscape behind it, but this is one of those days I don't want to think too much. For me this painting was just fun and easy. I think this is an American Saddlebred but could it be an Arabian? I took some liberties with the tail, in the actual photo it was down and since the girls were riding on the back I created the profile of her back. Most of the paintings I have done were of Arabians with a few quarter horses thrown in. I have photos of Paso Finos which I have not used yet. When I was growing up I received the book, "An Album of Horses" and drew every horse in that book at least once.
If this looks familiar, it is a larger version of a previous 6x6. This one is 12x12. When I want to go larger and don't want to take the chance of messing it up I will use a successful 6x6 as the basis. I don't know if I like the smaller one better or maybe it is just different.
When I was arranging this still life I spilled the wine. When I came back with a towel to wipe it up the dogs were licking the wine off the floor. I guess they think if its something we like to drink it must be good, even through this was a dry merlot.
The fall colors on River Road in the early morning light have more color or it just seems so because the light and dark is so much more dramatic. I sometimes paint my ground with whatever is left on the pallette and this one started with a green ground.
I was walking the creek bed thinking I could get a nice shot of the fall colors reflected in the water, but this has been a dry year and the water levels are down. I did find this scene. I needed more work on painting rocks.