Recently lI have been enjoying creating a series of rodeo subjects. Most are abbreviated paintings, gestural studies directed at the dynamic form of horse and rider in action.
The horse is an interesting and beautiful creature: powerful and graceful, and more than a little opaque and mysterious. I’ve heard some horse owners call the animal “dumb,” which is kind of ironic when you realize the horse is popular with Man in part because it will do the rider’s bidding beyond its personal considerations for safety. In comparison, a mule will not be so pushed around. I see mules on trails in the Grand Canyon and High Sierras. They will stop dead in their tracks and go no further when circumstances demand it. That’s another story for another blog, but on the topic of rodeo and bull-headedness, the next blog coming up will be on bull riding.