Friday, March 06, 2009

Decisions! What Should I Paint Next?

I think I only have about three oil paintings on the go right now, which for me is not nearly enough! I've got a few potentials I'm considering, so I thought I'd share and get you all to help me decide which one to start first. They're all different types of paintings, most of which I will probably get to eventually – I just thought it would be kind of fun to find out what others would like to see! (and if anyone is actually reading this blog!) Some of these potential reference photos you've seen on here already. I'm going to try out Blogger's poll feature for the first time, so look for it in the right-hand column, and place your vote! Comments are of course always welcome.


This first (above) is from a morning on the training track at Woodbine. This one would be a challenge, and one where the photo is definitely only a starting point as I explore the backlit subject and enhance the sunrise. If you've followed racing at all, this is Bear Now a few weeks before her start in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Monmouth in 2007.


Next shot (above) is from Saratoga. Saratoga is a great place to get photos on the turn for home. I want to do this one fairly big, which will also make my life a bit easier as it's quite complex. I need another action racing scene to add to my repertoire, and this is one I'm pondering.


There are a couple of foal pics I'm contemplating. First is this cute shot of Leo (above), the colt that was born here February 9. I've already cropped this one the way I'd like to paint it. Next foal shot is of a momma and baby at another local Thoroughbred breeding farm (below).


Finally, I have a painting I've been planning from a shot taking by a photographer friend. This is one of the up close and personal depictions I love to do, along the lines of "Outside Chance" and one of my current works in progress (see below), working title "Toss." This one is going to be the "mystery photo" as I'm not going to post it unless it's the favourite! If you like those really tight crops, well, this might be up your alley.

So what do you think? Quiet morning at the track, or afternoon action at the races? Baby Leo, or little dark bay foal and momma? Or do you like surprises? Let me know! C'mon, it'll be fun!

15 comments:

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

Well I've put my vote in......do I get to keep it cos I was first. Was worth a try lol

Linda Shantz said...

Thanks Elizabeth!I like your new avatar!!

Donna Ridgway said...

I'd love to see the wild action painting. With all the horses on the turn.

JPJ said...

You got my curiosity up with the mention of a "tight crop" ! That's my vote as long as you promise to do ALL the others after that :-).... those references are all great !

Linda Shantz said...

I'm hoping that's how it works out, Joan! :-) Hoping this will just take the guesswork out of the order I do them in! Haha...

Anonymous said...

Definitely the Saratoga. It's got great colour/composition and energy. I can see it would be challenging - but you're up to it.

I would do that one, for sure.

:D

Adventures With Big Filly said...

Hey, my comment didn't show up! I'll try again.

Definitley the Saratoga. I like the composition and energy.

Go for it!

Karen Hargett said...

I voted. I love all the reference pictures - you would do well with each one I'm sure but I had to go with the tight crop. Can't wait to see what you decided to do and how the voting comes out.

marctaro said...

don't know if its the way to make decisions in life, but hey, you can never lose with a baby animal of any kind...

Linda Shantz said...

Haha - do you mean using polls isn't a good way to make decisions in life, or letting baby animals influence you? :-D Next I could do a poll on what to do with my next truck...hmmm!

Anonymous said...

Morning at the track! The detail you could do on the footing would be fun!

delia said...

I like the action shot with the colors...more challenging I'm sure, but that's my pick!

Linda Shantz said...

Thanks everyone!

Linda (Artwolf) said...

Ilove all your work, The foal & mare definately has the cute factoe, but I think the Backlit racehorse would be a thrill, start both, one for each mood of the day.

Linda Shantz said...

Thanks Linda! I think you may have read my mind, because the day I started the mare and foal, I decided I had to start the backlit racehorse too! I haven't got it past putting the drawing on the panel yet...but maybe after the next session on the mare and foal I can get to it!