Monday, February 09, 2009

Just Horses

Solid two weeks and then some to finish this painting. My art history teacher used to call this type of composition "chains of bodies in space" a la Philip Rawson of "Drawing (Appreciation of the Arts)". I still have that tattered and underlined tome, spine stabilized with masking tape. She told me it would become my bible. It didn't. Yet her scholarly enthusiasm for great drawing remains a vivid memory of a brilliant, matronly lady, gliding in and out of projected images in the darkened classroom, huaraches squeaking loudly.

thoroughbred oil painting"Just Horses", oil on canvas, 24"x48"

I call it "Just Horses" because some who may not be familiar with thoroughbreds often have preconceived notions about their dispositions. Yes, they're hot-blooded, high-strung athletes but they're also intelligent and curious, standing quietly on the track just like this, observing the daily goings on around them. It's a moment for horse and rider to relax before or after training.

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence. - Henri Matisse


Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Gorgeous painting, really enjoyed looking at your blog!

Takeahold said...

Reminds me of the "good old days". I do miss them but the business has changed in ways that don't suit me. I did enjoy sitting there just watching the world go by though.
Maybe will again one day. Love "Spit", the annoyed pony. The shadows and light along with the relaxed sensation of the morning ritual. You can tell you have lived this life. That's why you are able to paint like only you can. Don't ever quit!

Sharon Crute said...

Jennifer: likewise to you! I checked out your blogs (I don't know how anyone can keep up with more that one) and your artwork is beautiful. Thanks for visiting!

Takeahold: I miss the track as well. Or maybe the horses. I DON'T miss getting up at 4:00am and working seven days a week.