Thursday, February 5, 2015

Winter Horses

Watercolor on archival paper, 10.75" x 21"
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I took some photos of these horses a couple of years ago, in eastern Oregon. I came across them in my "Possible Paintings" file on the computer yesterday and decided the time was right to try the painting. It's funny how that works--sometimes I launch into a painting immediately on seeing the subject; other times I seem to require a gestation period before tackling something.

This painting is quite reserved in color--almost monochrome--but I think it's accurate to the kind of bleaching light winter brings to that country. The sun can be shining, but that doesn't mean it's warm. I was interested in conveying the crispness of the shadows and a suggestion of the stiff breeze they've all turned their backs to.

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