This was the first painting I started after the long travel layoff. I wanted to keep it simple, so I chose this beautiful paint horse standing with his back to the morning sun. In my reference he was standing with a hill behind him, which wasn’t very interesting, so I “moved” him to a background that let me do a landscape, too. The setting is the Hangai Mountains of central Mongolia, a lush and scenic part of the country that isn’t anything like the vision most people have of the Land of Blue Skies.
This young stallion was part of a bachelor group that I photographed at Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve last September. The soft edges of some of his markings made me think of watercolor washes. I hope that I’ll see him again in July.
PINTO 6×8 oil on canvasboard