Horses! I’m not sure there is anything that captures the imagination of a young cowgirl or cowboy like the notion of riding a trusty steed into the Western sunset. The small toy on top of the rocking horse is a Lone Ranger action figure from the 1950s. (“Hi, yo, Silver! Away!”) It has a key, which, when wound, makes the lasso swing! The rocking horse is an exquisite, hand-carved creation from the late 1890s. As soon as I saw it, could see it paired with the Lone Ranger toy in grand fashion.
You might think there are only two subjects in this image, but really, there are three: the Lone Ranger toy, the rocking horse, and the shadows. The shadows (double-cast in some places) provide a mythic quality to the scene - the ideal tone to reflect the character of a hero on horseback.
To get the shadows and shading to be this dramatic, I used three kinds of soft interior lighting - tilting each one to provide a different angle on the lasso and big horse’s ears. The resulting warm glow is exactly what I was looking for.
I entered the original painting of Hi Yo Silver into the Art Renewal Center 2014-15 International ARC Salon show and competition - and was delighted when it won the Rehs Contemporary Gallery Award. I was selected to be part of a group show held in October 2016 in New York City.
Rocking horse lovers: note the special attention to detail the maker of this toy took - there are leather stirrups and reins, and even a tapestry saddle blanket under the saddle!
Finally, if you are Lone Ranger fan, you can see a more closeup view of this toy in my print Sunset Trail.
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