It’s little wonder that this horse is a frequent subject in my work as I’ve spent my fair amount of time grooming and exercising him. He really is a gorgeous animal. The reference to this one got snapped during one of our sessions in the arena when he decided that he really wanted to run. I had to share.
I opted to place the horse with his focus in the right third. Generally you wouldn’t do something like this as it results in him facing off the work. In this case, however, I chose to do it this way to add a dynamic component that conveys enthusiasm. Had I placed him more conventionally on the left third, running into the piece, it would instead have been more tense…a future not yet realized. That wasn’t the feeling I wanted to evoke. So I did it “wrong”.