Thinking composition

My son, artist Timur Akhriev, practices the craft of preliminary studies. I admire him for that. I am generally too impatient a painter for the preliminaries, preferring to do my erring (poem!) right on the canvas. But in his honor, I'm doing studies for a composition of my equestrienne friends in Spain, hanging out at the barn where we all ride. The ease of companionship, the love of horses, the mutual affection, well, I love it all. The first study, below, has something that I want to keep in its mood, but I'm trying more permutations. I think the painting needs to be large. I'll keep you posted.

In the Stables, ink study on paper, 7 x 10 inches, 2016