Sunday was the annual Draft Horse Plowing Playday at Jack London State Park. I decided to take my camera and my sketchbook.
Horses have been a significant part of my life in the past. Though I am not riding, teaching or even around horses right now, I so enjoy any time I am able to see, touch or even smell them. These big draft horses are impressive. They are so quiet, with all the people activity, loudspeakers, children running, colors, things blowing around and they just stand and look with those huge feet and heads.
I watched a farrier demonstrate trimming and shoeing a big noble black animal. I think he was a shire. I should have asked. I took my sketch home and quickly painted this on my new canvas “paper”. It doesn’t quite get that horse. But it’s fine.
When I first arrived, I took a picture which I worked from for this second sketch. I think it will make a good painting. I especially like the chairs, off to the side. I don’t really want it to look too pastoral, like it’s long ago. Instead I want it to suggest that this was something people came to watch, like a parade, without the marching bands.