Solid two weeks and then some to finish this painting. My art history teacher used to call this type of composition "chains of bodies in space" a la Philip Rawson of "Drawing (Appreciation of the Arts)". I still have that tattered and underlined tome, spine stabilized with masking tape. She told me it would become my bible. It didn't. Yet her scholarly enthusiasm for great drawing remains a vivid memory of a brilliant, matronly lady, gliding in and out of projected images in the darkened classroom, huaraches squeaking loudly.
I call it "Just Horses" because some who may not be familiar with thoroughbreds often have preconceived notions about their dispositions. Yes, they're hot-blooded, high-strung athletes but they're also intelligent and curious, standing quietly on the track just like this, observing the daily goings on around them. It's a moment for horse and rider to relax before or after training.
“Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.” - Henri Matisse