This was painted from a photograph. This location is a favorite spot for plein air painting. One day when painting there with a friend I left a covered pallette on the ground and forgot it. I went back a four days later and it was gone. It was not worth anything to anyone but another artist so I suspect that someone picked it up and threw it in the trash, which was hauled away.
Shortly after first posting this painting I wiped off the background. After thinking about it I decided to make up this background. I may do some minor editing on parts of it, but for the most part this is it. Also I needed to retake the photo under better lighting.
This is an acrylic painting. Painting in acrylic lets me cover over my whites without worrying about disturbing the paint below. I will use the medium intented for airbrush applications to get some sort of blending techniques. I sometimes paint in acrylic on site to avoid messing with solvents.
I have tried this composition several times. I want to make paint it in a larger format but so far I have not been able to pull it together. The two horses each came from different reference material and the background was edited to work with the composition. In this version I reversed the white horse.
When I was growing up all the bales were square. They made great building blocks and we used to take those bales and build tunnels with them. It was probably not safe but we did a lot of things back then that wasn't safe. I wonder what the kids are doing with these bales?