This one came along rather easily.. not sure why that happens when it happens.. I did not draw this at all other than to scrub in some shapes with a thin wash of transparent paint, and just started placing color, paying close attention to values. For this one, I used much thicker paint and more palette knife work for the background, and left that distant row of trees only suggested. Part of me sure wants to go back and put in more detail, but I'm refraining...
This composition is what is known as a steelyard - or balance - format. The main players of the horse, rider and pack mule front and center, even though larger, are still balanced by the smaller, distant rider, by placement, and also by the fact that the distant rider is contrasted against the lighter background.
This will be the last post for awhile... A precious new grandbaby was born a month early, and he's in the NICU, and will be for about a month, they say. I'm flying out to help my daughter, so won't be able to paint while there... Stay tuned, I'll be back!!