Walking in the French Quarter of New Orleans in October I was fascinated by the shadows cast by the wheels of the carriages and mules lined up waiting for tourists. This painting was done in transparent watercolors on a full sheet of 300 lb Arches rough. I worked from photos I took as we walked through the French Quarter early in the morning. I painted all of the negative areas first, wet-n-wet, using a neutral gray mixture dropping in colors. Salt creates the sparkle. The shadows (my reason for this painting) came next in two steps. The large ones in front first – then the lighter ones further back. I've never painted a mule, donkey or horse before so this was a challenge. I am submitting this painting to a major juried, so wish me luck.