Thursday, September 1, 2011

Challenge Painting #183: Wadatika Of Coyote Lakes HMA Oregon

Wadatika is Tracey Westbury's  beautiful and elegant red dun Mustang. 

"Fire in the Wind"
Tracey Westbury's Waditika
5 by 5 inch Watercolor
by LindaLMartin Artist
Waditika by Tracey Westbury
Used by Permission
  This amazing mare, according to Tracey, is very good with younger horses and  and is very shy with strangers. Sometimes she is known as "Tika the Diva" and such a pretty girl too. She well lives up to her Hollywood moniker as is shown with some amazing images of Tika and Tracey's beautiful daughter. Tracy has a wide and varied collection of photos of this amazing mustang beauty. It was really hard to decide which one I wanted to paint from for this project. But I loved the way the light looked on her mane. It was like fire coming through her mane in this reference shot.

I hope I was able to capture at least a small portion of the spirit of Tika.

Tracey Westbury is an avid horse woman, TIP Trainer, EMM Trainer and works tirelessly through her non-profit, MustangU to help get as many gathered mustangs from Oregon herds adopted as possible.


  1. Thank you so much, Linda, for this wonderful painting of Tika. You captured her free spirit beautifully!

  2. You are very welcome, Tracey. I know how hard you have been working with this beauty and how much you love her. She is a jewel indeed. I am so glad you like the painting. ~Linda