I collected some interesting information on our subjects which deserves sharing (and also correcting!). The large horse is Gunny–she was the 2010 Indiana Therapy Horse of the Year. The one I have been calling a pony is actually a miniature horse, named Rosie, and she was the Exceptional Therapy Horse Challenge Winner in 2010 at the Hoosier Horse Fair in Indianapolis. So we have two real winners here from the Reins of Life therapeutic riding program. Both of them are still working away, happily making life better for the wide variety of clients which Reins of Life serves.
Now all I have to do is paint them. You may have noticed I have painted just about everything else but the horses. Actually, since the last post the grass has had three more coats, but it still needs more because it is way too green. Not to worry. I started the leaves (aren’t those GREAT-looking leaves?) because I had to wait for the grass to dry. Not as bad as waiting for hay to dry I guess, but a wait nonetheless. I knew I had more time for this painting than I usually do for a portrait, so I’m using a painting medium that takes longer to dry than the one I normally use. I like the way this particular medium handles the paint, but the disadvantage is that it takes longer to dry. The horses have to wait because the scumbling technique I will be using on the grass can sometimes spill over into areas it’s not wanted (such as the horses’ bodies) and it’s better to have that happen before I paint them rather than after. And you thought artists just sit down and let the painting flow out of their hands, didn’t you? I wish!