Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Painting, Grand Canyon Mules

South Rim Express, 16 x 20 inch oil on panel
© 2011 Kathleen Coy

I wish there was a great story behind this painting. I really do. Something that involves adventure, excitement, and trusting my life to a surefooted mule on a winding, dizzying, death-defying canyon trail. Traveling to paint on location at a remote site only accessible by said trusty, surefooted mules. Wouldn't that be great?

The real story behind this painting is far less adventurous:

Friend: Hey Kat, I went to the Grand Canyon and you know those mules that you can ride down to the bottom?

Me: Yes.

Friend: We didn't get to ride them down. They're booked up a year in advance. But I took a good photo of some of the mules in the corrals. Do you want to paint it?

Me, after seen the photo: YES!!



11 comments:

Chris Wolfgang said...

Holy cow, a YEAR in advance? Start planning those Grand Canyon trips early, I guess.

Love this! Was it a fun break from your norm?

Kathleen Coy said...

Thanks, Chris, it was a lot of fun! Makes me want to paint some horses soon...

Mona said...

Beautiful - one of your best!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Beautiful . Just beautiful. Its been so long since I came by . I see your creating some very brilliant work.
I loved what you wrote at the beginning also. Have a wonderful day .
Lisa xo

Jill Iversen said...

My favorite of yours!

Kathleen Coy said...

Mona, Lisa, and Jill, thank you so much for the kind words!

Emma Rose said...

Totally awesome!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

The story is great! And I love the mules!

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Lindsey said...

Love these mules...my grandfather was a mule trader in south Georgia in the 1920-40s. Is this for sale?

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