Monday, October 3, 2011

Challenge Painting #204 Chief of Warm Springs HMA; a Happy Mustang

5 by 5 inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist
I decided to paint Chief tonight, from his photo as a young stallion just brought into the corrals at Burns, Oregon. The reference photo was taken just prior to his adoption. He was rounded up from Warm Springs HMA and makes his life now with horsewoman Andi Harmon as a working Ranch Horse.
Chief as a young horse
at the BLM Corrals of Burns, OR
Before His adoption.

Chief today as a working Mustang
Ranch Horse. He really does Look
Like a happy Mustang!
Chief is a genetic historic traditional appaloosa but is still a wild horse. I am told that many horses from Warm Springs HMA have these traditional Appaloosa characteristics including a naturally sparse tail, stocky build, wispy mane and splashy markings of dots and spots. Chief also carries the roaning gene and as he has gotten older he also has changed to the lighter roan coloring.

Special thanks to Andi Harmon and Darling from the Sisters of the Steens for the use of the Photography. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this painting will go to Mustang U in Washington State.

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