This is another of a series of this horse that I have painted many times. This portrait close up is my new favorite. He (or she) came from a group of dude ranch horses near Craig Colorado. I love the light and I just want to stroke the velvety nose.
We were scouting for Elk near Craig Colorado on an unpaved road when our path was blocked by a bunch of horses. I got out to shoo them off the road and they just mobbed me (probably looking for sugar cubes). I couldn't resist them at this point and grabbed my camera. They were happy to pose. I loved the white one and painted three versions of this horse. The first two are sold. Overall I painted around a half dozen of the other horses. They were dude ranch horses and very gentle.