Tuesday, April 3, 2012

"...arresting motion..."

I have always wanted to try to paint motion. William Faulkner said, “The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.” So I decided that a horse race had some serious motion and I did some research. Not living close to a horse track I rented 5 of the 50 movies I found that had horse racing in them. So I paused one of them on my computer and did this. It is large, 45"x 60" and I did it mostly with house paint brushes I found at one of those dollar stores. I wanted to contrast the motion of the rider with the crowd he was riding past. One of my favorite assignments yet.

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