Sunday, October 18, 2009
Nothing Like a Fall Day at the Races
...to get one back to the easel! I seem to have hit a bit of a dry spell of late, and being as I've always been one to say 'just paint,' it's a bit inexcusable in my books. It's a bad sign when even the cadmiums have started to dry out on the palette - definitely means it's been too long! I did pick up the brushes and started a small study for an upcoming commission one day last week, but sadly, that's as far as it's gone!
Yesterday was Canadian International Day at Woodbine, which featured three Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" races. It was cold and windy, but the sun was shining and that made for some great photos, in my book. The light this time of year is so amazing, definitely inspiring when it comes to potential paintings.
The International was won by Champs Elysees in what was his last start before retirement, so it was nice to see him win. He just oozed confidence in the walking ring before the race. The EP Taylor Stakes for fillies and mares was also on the card, and 40-1 shot Lahaleeb won convincingly. The third "Win and You're In" race was the Nearctic, and Ontario-bred Field Commission finished on top there.
Now, all the dried paint is scraped off my palette, and it's time to lay out a fresh one. Hopefully I'll have something to show for it before it dries out again!