Came home from a camping trip on Sunday afternoon and decided I needed horse sweater pins for work on Monday. Got unpacked, showered and settled for the night and painted these matching grays sitting in bed. Felt good to have 4 days in the mountains and come home and paint. Spent a few days touring Montana ghost towns Coolidge, Bannack, Virginia and Nevada City. Feeling full of history and love for the Wild West I knew I had some horses to paint. As I walked down the main streets of those towns I longed to be on Patriot, to experience these towns horseback, to see it from the perspective of so many from that time. So I left with a list of books to read on the times and the image of some matching grays to wear about and keep the memories fresh.