Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Paintings Finished

The finished farm scene I started:

equine art"Marion County", oil on canvas, 30"x40

horse racing art"Duel", oil on canvas, 26"x20"

Every once in awhile, I revisit a favorite thematic element - how the eye focuses on action. We can "see" an entire scene such as a horse race, but we can only concentrate our sight on certain areas briefly. In fact, it's fleeting. Edges appear sharply and then blur, colors intensify then fade into the background. Our sense of observation is challenged by the speed of the movement. It's difficult to focus on detail as shapes converge then explode.

"Perceptive observation is seeing with your brain, feeling with your eyes, interpreting with your heart." - Robert Wade

3 comments:

Nancy Moskovitz said...

They are both beautiful and beautifully showcase your versatility. Kudos.

bonnieluria said...

I really feel the speed conveyed in Duel. Those errant, untamed brush strokes flying off the jockeys' sleeves, the movement of the paint around the hooves.
Great work Sharon, as always.
And those quotes........

Sharon Crute said...

Nancy: Thanks for your supportive observations. Needed right now.

Bonnie: I love that word "errant"! Sounds like me, past and present. You are truly a wordsmith as well as a vibrant painter.