Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mustang A Day Challenge Painting #278 Kathy Mahan's Winsome Rose

"Winsome Rose"
4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartin Artist
In Kathy's own words:
"Rose is an '01 Curly mare from the zeroed out Silver Peak HMA.  The Demele's bred Curlies they captured in the mustang herds to their ranch stock, because in very harsh winters the Curly horses are the only horses that survived. Silver Peak is a tough HMA with very cold temps. It was zeroed out once in 97, a few years later a few horses were seen there, and by 06 the herd that had developed was predominately Curly. Despite their rarity & ability to survive even in harsh winters, BLM chose to gather every horse and remove them.  Rose was estimated to be 5 when she was gathered in 06. 
Rose was pretty beat up in the BLM corrals, and one of the things that drew me to her was the sadness I saw in her eyes. Forlorn was the word that came to mind when tried to describe her to my friend over the phone.  Winsome was the next word, because she was so beautiful, even when lost in sadness at the loss of her freedom."

Kathy's reference of Winsome Rose was of the first time she touched her.

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