2001 Boilermaker 15K Poster
Yelenak has been commissioned by the Boilermaker Roadrace Committee
to paint a commemorative poster for this year's race. Andy will
update this page as the project progresses.
Sketch - Completed April 19th
I took a ride
to Utica, NY in March to drive the race course and select a section
that would make a good painting. I try to pick an area that is important
to the runners as well as scenic. The finishline at the Boilermaker
15k has a dramatic arch and is surrounded by interesting architecture,
especially the brewery. I photographed the area and created this
for a large view
was approved by the race committee and the next step is to do a
detailed base drawing on the watercolor paper where I will do the
runners and spectators at the 2001 Boston Marathon at similar angles
to my sketch to use as reference for the final painting. I plan
to finish the base drawing by April 30th. - Andy Yelenak
Painting - Completed May 23rd
I did complete
the base drawing for the finished painting around May 5th. The base
drawing is done in pencil on top quality watercolor paper, then
I paint over it and erase the pencil lines when the paint is dry.
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the finished painting . I'm very happy with the outcome. The scene
really lent itself to this kind of panoramic view, the buildings
and the arch provide a dramatic sense of scale.
thing that is always a challenge is painting a convincing sky in
watercolor. I tried to work very loosely here yet still give the
clouds a dimensional quality. The loose brush strokes in the sky
are a nice contrast to tighter work of the rest of the painting.
I hope the runners find this painting a faithful representation
of their experience coming down the homestretch.- Andy
painting was shipped to the race committee on May 23rd. Next it
goes to Dodge-Graphic
Press to be scanned and printed as a poster. Romanelli
Advertisting will design the layout of the poster.
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