“The Slew”

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Seattle Slew! I begin with the Black and Yellow silks of Tayhill Farm. The jockey, Jean Cruget, is adjusting his saddle making certain it’s secure for the race.

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Many people think “The Slew” was black. Actually he was a deep, dark bay as you can see in the photo of him in the 1977 Derby.

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Various mixes of Burnt Umber + Ivory Black + White are used to paint the amazing colt. A few strokes of Ultramarine Blue + White are added on the point of his off shoulder to make it fall back. On a horse the left side is considered the Near side, while the right is the Off side. You always mount a horse from the near, or left side.

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Painting the Snaffle bit and bridle brings back fond memories of my “Horsing” days. I spent many an hour saddle soaping various items of tack. I can almost feel the soft leather against my fingertips. And getting a new bridle was quite a special occasion indeed.

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Seattle Slew is finished. His handlers are having a difficult time holding the colt back, he is ready to run! If you’d like to enlarge any of the pictures just click on the image.

For your enjoyment I’ve included a VIDEO documentary on Seattle Slew. It’s about 45 minutes long but well worth watching. Thank you for following along today. In the next session I’ll be working on Citation, do come watch. Hugs,

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One Response to ““The Slew””

  1. Annette Says:

    These paintings leave me speechless. I can’t even find the words to express the beauty you capture in these fine animals and their riders. Really incredible.

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