Painted from life, "Stallion still Water Reflection", depicts one of my favorite Arizona wild horses. "Robin", (Batman and Robin had a large band up until several months ago), is one of my favorite stallions. He was the first wild horse I saw out here in May 2010, and I have watched him over the past 3 years, learning so much about wild horses from this stallion. When I caught up with him on this morning, he was napping standing in the shallow edge of the river.
Wild horses have distinctive ways of communicating. They are often dramatic interactions that only last briefly but are full of pawing, squeals, rearing and chasing. This interaction was a brief conversation stating, "Keep away from my mares". When planning this painting, I considered the negative shapes, and freely used brushwork to express the action and movement of the horses energy.
Last summer, during my visit to Sand Wash Basin, Benson was very happy to pose for me while I painted or photographed him. He was such a ham! He would hang around the waterhole waiting for other bands to get a drink so he would have someone to "play" with.
I was remembering some of the antics around the waterhole when I was visiting the Sand Wash Basin. It seemed like after their thirst was satisfied, the younger colts would be ready for a game of tag and chase. It was so fun to watch the playful freedom.