Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sense of Place

I really, really wanted to finish this painting begun last summer in my vendor booth at Saratoga. It's a warm up, stretching my pigment muscles and feeling the milieu of time and space, intending to transfer that aura to my mounting commission work. When your brushstrokes caress the canvas, you're getting it. Ya just gotta feel it, breathe it and taste it to paint it good.

Saratoga backside"Barn Scene, Saratoga", oil on canvas, 16"x20"

It captures those soft mornings on the backside when the sun filters through the many big trees. People and horses are more relaxed and visitors are pleased to be able to tour the barn area. Must be the negative ions of nature. I know this because Michael had a stable there in the early to mid 80's. I so resonate with this place and it took me many years of persistence to get back my foothold.

There are beautiful race tracks across the country but there's only one Saratoga. It's a destination. A place to aspire to. A keeper of history with infamous records and facts and many stories both well known and whispered. Saratoga keeps it's head above the troubled waters. Owners dream of running and winning there. Graveyard of favorites, that it is.

"A man doesn't learn to understand anything unless he loves it." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful painting.

andrea anderson said...

beautiful, & i love what you write about Saratoga. Hope alls well..happy Fall..

Sharon Crute said...

Thanks, Anon.

Andrea, from the short time I spent with you when we met last summer, I think we could tear up the town! Let's plan a longer visit next year...

Becky Brocato said...

Beautiful work, Sharon!

Sharon Crute said...

I appreciate that Becky!