Handel’s Water Music begins, the crowd stills, and the magnificent white stallions enter the ring. Tears spring to my eyes just thinking about it. Near my home is the Temple Lipizzan Farm, and in the summer months you can go there to see them perform. Subtle cues from the riders guide the horses through classic dressage moves and together they dance to the beautiful music. It really is magic.
I’ve wanted to paint an entire series of these horses but I have found it difficult to get them onto a canvas in a pleasing way. A lot of my attempts have ended up looking a lot like my HS notebooks, with horses cluttering up the margins when I should have been writing notes !