Recently I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Mendocino, California where I stayed on a ranch that bordered the Redwood Forest. The horses became a favorite subject for me while painting for the plein air paint-out sponsored by the Mendocino Art Center. This photo I took the morning I was leaving to head home. Once I got home I had to paint it. As I looked into my rear view mirror and saw a painting. I had to stop and snap the photo and caught the light spheres that looked like spirits dancing on the light rays as they come over the tree line. The horse being unaware of the spirit dance surrounding him.
Painted in 2014
18″x18″, Oil on canvas