Artwork Featured in 2020 Art Show

Sleigh Bells Ring


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22" x 22"

The day my husband and I went to up to Granby, CO to photograph sleigh horse teams was the coldest day I think I have ever experienced. The driver of this team didn't mind though as she absolutely loved working with these horses. This was a new Belgian team, and she had accomplished a lot with their training over the season. Painting this team brought back the excitement of being there and doing the photo shoot. I utilized several of my photo references in the composition of this painting to portray exactly what I had in mind. The horses paid no mind to the dog, and in fact seemed to follow him and go at his speed. I had to make this little Aussie part of the painting. Utilizing the warm colors of the horses against the cool colors of the background and incorporating them together to pull the horse team and the dog forward in the scene involved a lot of scraping down and rebuilding of paint. I wanted to create interest in the process by allowing parts of the under-painting to show as build up of textures is evident. The expression of the driver says it all as far as enjoying the moment. This painting has a lot going on, but in the end, it's just about listening to the sleigh bells and the sheer fun of the experience.