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Eddie Sweat, Secretariat’s groom, was always with the big red colt.

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Mixes of Burnt Umber + a touch of Burnt Sienna + White are used for Eddie’s face. A mixture of Cerulean Blue + White is used along the edge of the shadow side of his cheek. This helps to give it roundness as well as make him stand out from Seattle Slew in the background.

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Eddie loved caps and hats. I paint the basic shape of his cap first, then draw the lines of the plaid into the wet paint. You can click on the image to see it larger.

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After finishing Eddie work begins on Secretariat. Mixes of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + a little Cadmium Red Light + White are used to paint his gleaming sorrel coat.

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The checked blinkers are painted with mixes of Cobalt Blue + White left over from Ron Turcotte’s silks.

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Secretariat carried the number two on his saddle blanket when he won the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, in 1973. I’ve taken artistic license and made the saddle blankets of all of the horses red for this piece at the Keeneland Race Track. Now that Secretariat’s head is finished I’m going to go back and work a little more on the flowers of the tree behind him.

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Keeneland is so incredible in the spring. Isn’t this beautiful? I especially like the pink Dogwood, I’m going to use it in my painting. I found this shot on Google. Thanks to Wendy Uzelac of EquiSport Photos.

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Changing the dogwood tree in the background to pink accentuates the white checks on Secretariat’s blinkers. The white flowers are glazed with a thin mix of Permanent Rose + Liquin.

Now…..for this amazing horse in action. Watch all three races in this VIDEO to see Secretariat becoming the ninth winner of the Triple Crown.

Several people have asked who would win if Secretariat and American Pharoah were in a match race? Watch the VIDEO above to find out who the all time best horse is!

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WHEW, aren’t those VIDEOS exciting? And…….here is the finished painting. Jack came up with a great name, “A Tribute to Champions”. What do you think? Thanks for all of your wonderful comments, you have no idea how much I appreciate every one of you. Hugs,

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11 Responses to “Secretariat”

  1. Denise Reel Says:

    Such a stunning painting this is turning out to be! Thank you so much for the updates. 🙂

  2. KFoxArt Says:

    I’m old enough to have warched Secretariat win the triple…and loved every minute of his journey…as I have your journey through this outstanding painting, your process, and sharing the great story. Merry Christmas and a Happy and successful New Year!

  3. Jerry Taylor Says:

    Wow! That was exciting to watch. Thanks for posting.

  4. dominiquegaillard, gaillardissime Says:

    Thank you for sharing your painting journey, I love the transformation of the pink dogwood, I admire your way of painting the horses.
    You are a very inspiring artist because you give us an example of how to proceed methodically, step by step, beginning with the idea, the planning, the source material, on to the drawing, the painting, the ajustements as you move along, and the final decisions.
    Congratulations 👍👌👏
    Happy painting

  5. Leslie Says:

    This is a beautiful painting. In one of your post you mentioned that you painted the grass in the distance bluer in color. May I ask what color mixed you used to paint this part?

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Leslie,
      I use mixes of Pthalo Blue + a tad of Cadmium Orange + Lemon Yellow for the grass in the background. You can also mix a little White in to soften it a bit. This makes a cooler, bluer green. The foreground grass is Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow. Hope this helps. HAPPY PAINTING, Mikki

  6. Sandra R Cutrer Says:

    Mikki, your horses paintings are so beautiful they bring me to tears- with a smile. So gorgeous!

  7. Kathryn Woodside Says:

    Hi Mikki,

    Horses are very special indeed, and it has been fun seeing the transformation. Thank you for sharing!

    I have a rather odd sized oil painting and am wondering if you would consider sharing how you prepare paintings for shipping without the stretchers. Also, it has been dry long enough to varnish. Is varnishing helpful for the painting when it is shipped this way?

    Thanks Mikki. I always look forward to your emails!



    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Kathryn,
      Thank you for following my blog, so glad you’ve enjoyed watching “A Tribute to Champions” come to life.
      As far as your painting I would roll it for shipping. We cut a plastic garbage bag into a piece large enough to cover the entire surface of the painting. Then roll it up, tape the roll with blue painter’s tape, stick it in a shipping tube and send it off. I wouldn’t varnish the art before you ship it. If you do, you’ll have to wait a week or two to make sure the varnish is totally dry. It can always be varnished at it’s new home. Just get a can of Grumbacher Spray Retouch Varnish and send it to your client. They can spray it with a couple of thin coats and the painting will be just fine.
      Happy Painting and have a Wonderful Christmas, Mikki

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