This is another of my Ribbons and Rosettes series of paintings.
One afternoon I was walking through the stable area at the end of a show, and as always I was taken with the vibrant visual of the rows of colorful ribbons strung up outside tack stalls. When the wind riffled them, they reminded me of the images I’ve seen of Tibetian prayer flags strung across Himalayan mountain passes. I went home and recreated the scene outside my studio in order to paint it.
Never one to turn down a good excuse to spend an evening Googling a worthy subject, I decided that I needed to know more about prayer flags. One of the things I discovered in my research is that each real prayer flag has an image of a horse on it. He is Lung-Ta, or Wind Horse, and his job is to carry the prayers to the universe for fulfillment. I love these sort of synchronicities, so … see if you can find the Wind Horse in the painting!