Friday, January 16, 2009


New painting started. It took me two days to draw the complicated composition. All those legs in front of and behind, all those bodies both horse and human, stacked up one after another. My inspiration is from a photo I shot at the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga last summer. I'm not so sure it's wise to take on an intricate composition like this when I'm under various guns to produce lots of paintings.

thoroughbred artoil wash on canvas, 24"x48"

Remember in the film "Pollock" when Lee Krasner screams at Pollack: "Paint! Paint! Paint!" Michael has adopted that line and made it his own. Standing in the doorway of my studio, he proclaims variations on the original such as "just paint it" or "you can paint anything" or "are you painting yet" or "is the painting finished yet" or "the painting just doesn't feel right" or "you've got paint on your face".

jackson pollockThank goodness for profoundly committed partners.

"The complexity of yourself being poured into the painting is the issue." - Elmer Bischoff


bonnieluria said...

You Too? With the husband in the doorway, one hand on the jamb, the other motioning with the impatience of a partner who knows ( thinks ) best, saying, " just crank it out, don't go for perfect, just go for speed, hit it, stop thinking, just have at it". " How long have you spent on that one, move it along, paint it again, take out the gesso, on and on it goes.
When did I marry Mike Ditka, football coach?

But of course, he's right.

Now this painting with it's interlocking limbs and relative proportion to everything in it, shows how fearless you are and how right Michael is. Damn.... when they're right, you've got to give it to them.

This is shaping up to be another great one Sharon.

Jackie Schindehette said...

History talks about the "woman behind the man" when he is successful. How fortunate for us that today there is a "man behind the woman"! My husband builds most of my frames and has now become famous in our family for saying "OK, there are 20 frames get busy and fill them". But, gals, what would we do without them?

Blushing hostess said...

It is beautiful so far!

Be well, The Hostess

Sharon Crute said...

Bonnie: I think we commented on each others blog at the same time (insert theme from Twilight Zone). Not to mention blogging about similar subjects (louder).

Jackie: Michael stretches all my canvases setting up a similar scenario. Says he: "there you go".

Hostess: You are always a pleasure to hear from.

Bonnie Luria said...

Sharon- very very funny- do do do do, do do do do....