A Pony for the Holidays

If you fall into the category of "horse lover" or "art lover",  grab your beverage of choice, sit down and relax while enjoying a new art exhibit by members of the Institute of Equine Artists.  The exhibit is titled "A Pony for the Holidays" and is loaded with wonderful equine art.  There are 3 pages of paintings, so be sure to see them all.  Here's a link: http://instituteofequineartists.com/a-pony-for-the-holidays.html

This is my painting in the exhibit.....  

Christmas Pony
10" x 8", oil on wood
It is pretty obvious that this painting was inspired by my recent trip to the Southwest.  I painted the horse first without a plan for a background.  Probably not the smartest way to paint, but sometimes that's just what I do.  Once the horse was blocked in, it was time to decide about a background.  I laid down two strokes of blue - intending to do a "sky" background, but the landscape of Arizona and New Mexico kept popping into my head.  It was worth a try.  I like the "what ifs?" of art.  Give it a try and see what happens.  It's a great way to learn.  

If you've been wondering what happened to the painting of Bubba, it is still on the easel.  "Christmas Pony" snuck into line before Bubba.  And there are all those mice!!  (more than 20 of them in the studio now, all lined up for adoption - time to get them online!)  Bubba might make it to the front of the line tomorrow.  If the mice don't get there first.  <grin>

Thanks so much for stopping by.