Hello all, I'm new here and also newly retired. I have resumed painting after a 40 year hiatus, and am attaching a copy of the picture I want to paint next.
The woman riding is my mom, who immigrated to the US when she was 21, in 1928 and bought a riding stable. This picture was taken about 1942. The original is badly damaged so some areas have been retouched. The part of the picture that is mystifying me is the bridle arrangement.
It appears that mom is holding two sets of reins. The problem is that I can't discern how the 2nd rein attaches to the bridal. Can anyone explain this?
Also, there seem to be 2 "rises" at the rear of the saddle, almost like one saddle is placed on top of another. What's up with that? If I'm going to the trouble of painting the picture, I want it to be accurate, even if I don't show all the details.
By the time I came along in 1949, mom had married my dad, closed the stable, and sold most of the horses, the business just was not reliable enough to support a famiily. Therefore, the only riding I did was on an old mare they kept named Magic Star - she was a dapple gray Tennesee Walking Horse.
So - can anyone help explain this - I'll post the painting when I'm finished.