Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My Kingdom For A Horse: The Andalusian Stallion Bandolero

I was fortunate enough to visit Emerald Ridge Andalusians last Fall and photograph their imported stallion Bandolero CLXXVI, or Bando, as Toni and David call him. I was amazed at his immense presence, yet he is every bit a gentleman and so sweet!

It has taken me almost a year to put aside the time to paint Bando, as I knew he must be done in oil and it is one of the last mediums for me to try. I must admit to being intimidated and consequently dragged my heals for a while! Surprisingly, it came together with a lot of grace; much like Bando himself. It's such a thrill to work with what I would call 'a lucky shot' and a beautiful animal. As the old song goes... you take my breath away!

"Virtue shall be bound into the hair of thy forelock. I have given thee the power of flight without wings." ~ Author Unknown

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  1. Truly a beautiful work and your captured Bando's essence!