14.000 x 11.000 x 1.000 inches
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Carrie L Lewis
Painting - Colored Pencil On Mat Board
A 11x14 original colored pencil of harness racing filly, Blizzard Babe.
I love this portrait. It's one of my all time favorite colored pencil pieces.
The photographs that inspired it were taken at the Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland, Michigan in August 1999.
At the time, I didn't know who Blizzard Babe was or what she would become, but the words of praise spoken by the announcer caught my attention. When I realized she was the bright gray in the field, she became the focus of attention.
She was certainly easy to follow! I have photographs of her as she passed the stands both times, her lead the second time a little longer than the first time.
But my favorite shots were the up close and personal studies of her in the winner's circle. The most intimate image of her is the one I chose to paint. I took a little bit of artistic license and made the blanket edging and shadow roll blue to complement the gray mat board I chose for the support, but everything else is Blizzard Babe that day.
January 11th, 2012
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