Saturday, July 12, 2008


saratoga painting"First Turn" oil on canvas, 24"x48"

I painted like a mad woman all last week to finish this Saratoga painting. It was a complicated bear of a piece.

The subject has been a frequent request for the past several years. If an artist intends to make a living with their artwork, they must acquiesce to such appeals every now and then. It's trite, been done over and over, and certainly not creative, innovative or edgy in any way. However, I'm getting it scanned on Monday and will probably turn it into a t-shirt or some such money-generating thing.

thoroughbred paintingHere's the initial oil wash I posted a week ago or so.

So now the question is: should I cram a Curlin painting to deliver to Saratoga? The current undisputed world champ finished second in the Man 'O War this afternoon. I proclaimed that I'd paint him on the turf in winning fashion but now, well, I'm not sure what to do. My partner is no help (...I don't what you want...). I'm sure there'll be a glut of Curlin paintings proliferating everywhere in upstate New York - do I want to add to the herd?

"I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. You have to be different". - Tony Bennett


EquineArtist Blog said...

Spectacular painting! So there are no longer any legal issues with painting the grandstand?

Yes, do paint Curlin if you get a chance. Your interpretation will be your own, and not like anyone else's. You're not adding to the glut, just upgrading the glut a bit. :)

Anonymous said...

Sharon- this is a tour de force! Getting all those animals to be in correct relation to each other is monumental!

And if folks are going to wear any kind of t-shirts, might as well be this one.

Great quote too.

Looks like you're having a very productive summer in Saratoga.

Sharon Crute said...

As NYRA copes with emerging from bankruptcy proceedings, it's made some compromises with the state (who is assisting in the bailout). One agreement is to relinquish all current or future claims of ownership rights for the tracks or facilities it operates. Also, NYRA is preoccupied with obtaining VLT's (video lottery terminals). Their plate seems a bit too full to be suing us pesky artists.

Bonnie, great to have you back!