Saturday, July 12, 2008
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.
Here'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 know...do 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