Leaving Old Mexico

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This painting captures an incredible scene full of movement, danger, and excitement. We look into the middle of a group of cowboys on horseback engaged in a shootout with other men in a saloon across the way. Andy Thomas paints the horses with incredible skill, showing an impressive knowledge of musculature and detail. The warm neutral palette accurately depicts a hot day in Mexico. We can almost feel the hot sun on our backs as we gaze into this brawl. The clear blue sky contrasts with the whirl of activity below, resulting in a pleasing sense of balance to the work. This artwork exemplifies the artist's amazing skill at telling stories with his images. We are at once drawn into the scene and wanting to know more. What events led to this climactic shootout? Where are the cowboys rushing off to? There is a clear sense of narrative, which invites the viewer's imagination to run wild.