Draft Horses and painting them

Kit and Kat

Kit and Kat, Oil, 14″ x 18″

Yesterday I completed the oil painting called “Kit and Kat”. These gals are Belgium Draft Horses. They were our models during a workshop given by Lindsey Bittner Graham through the Evergreen Fine Arts Gallery, Colorado. They were just down the highway from the gallery. We spent a day painting and photographing them and their handler, Collin. All the excitement of a bunch of camera clicking artists threw the team into a bit of a frenzy but Collin settled them down right away with kind words and re-direction. When they were being driven in front of their cart, they were full of energy and really focused on their task of working for this fellow. When he stopped them, it took them a minute to figure out their job was to just stand there and look pretty. Then they applied their work ethic to standing.

As an artist I found I was relating to them totally as to being focused on what my job is. At first, just like the team, I was some what distracted from what I was there to do. I was happy to pet and kiss their big (really big) noses and they were happy to get the attention. I took some photos and set up my plein air gear and started to focus on the task at hand. I got a great color/value study that morning with the guidance of Lindsey plus another one of them without their traces in the afternoon. The critique at the end of the day was great, too. I related that to the horses being un-tacked and groomed before being turned out into their pasture.

This painting is a studio piece of the work I did that day last month. I am happy with the way it feels. Kit and Kat are great teachers, too.