16 x 20 original acrylic on masonite
Here's the completed painting from the image I'd posted last week. This is a painting of Josh Lyons and the 2 yr old colt he'd trained back in June up in Quebec. I was inspired to paint this after watching this scene unfold. Josh was signing autographs and talking with people after the long day's session. The horse was broke and just following Josh everywhere, staying by his side, keeping his full attention on him at all times. Then the colt began to nuzzle Josh, resting his head on his shoulders, and just being a real baby. Josh turned and began nuzzling right back, and even giving a kiss or two. Needless to say, to me, this scene summed up the days work. A horse was trained, and trust was gained, on both ends (~sniff~). After witnessing Josh's amazing abilities with horses that weekend, I was convinced, he was indeed a miracle man with horses, and that's where the title came from.
By the way, I just fell in love with that horse. Boy, to have a horse like that some day . . .
And just another reminder, the countdown's on for the unveiling of the Cadeau du Cheval mural at Spruce Meadows, Sept. 3-7!!! Coincidence of coincidences, Lewis Lavoie painted a panel of John Lyons in the mural. It's pretty amazing, and there's also a pretty amazing painting of Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner! Being a Star Trek fan, I find it pretty darned bang on! Check it out folks, http://www.muralmosaic.com/Cadeau.html Live long and prosper, eh! Now that was spoken like a true Cannuck . . . ;-)