July 2, 2010


David lived on the Medano Ranch for several years and is now raising his two sons on Chico Basin Ranch with his wife Tess.

If you are an artist or have ever been a part of a live model session you may already know this, but I found it amazing that all of the different artists, and all truly skilled and seasoned at what they do, were able to agree on one position for the live session we had on the last afternoon.

There are countless positions the horse could have been in, the rider could have been in, where they stood and on and on and on, but everyone came to agreement with great ease, which was subtle but fun to witness.

In so many common meetings it takes hours to come to an agreement on certain things, but all of these artists settled, agreed and got to work in a matter of a minute or maybe less on something that would completely effect and dictate the outcome of their art. The “work” of painting, sketching, etc. and getting right down to it held the most importance though, so they did not delay and that passion of getting down to business was the fun part to see.

Everyone was intently focused on their piece for almost two hours with very little talking and at the end each piece was completely different from the next, reflecting the artist’s physical vantage point and what they chose to focus on.

Some focused on the horse, some on the rider and some on the mountains and sand dunes that made up the background and they all came out great.

We had a blast this year and as Tess said are all looking forward to the shows this Fall, where all of the work from the gathering will be on display. We are still deciding on a date and location so stay tuned.

*Let us know if you have any good ideas for a show location in Denver or Colorado Springs.