Monday, December 13, 2010
Secretariat won the Belmont stakes by 31 lengths and ran the fastest 1½ miles on dirt in history, 2:24 flat, which broke the stakes record by more than 2 seconds. This works out to a speed of 37.5 mph for his entire performance. Secretariat's world record still stands.
A necropsy revealed that his heart was significantly larger than that of an ordinary horse. An extremely large heart is a trait that occasionally occurs in Thoroughbreds, linked to a genetic condition passed down via the dam line, known as the "x-factor." The x-factor can be traced to the historic racehorse Eclipse, who was necropsied after his death in 1789. Because Eclipse's heart appeared to be much larger than other horses, it was weighed, and found to be 14 pounds (6.4 kg), over twice the normal weight. It is believed Eclipse passed the trait on via his daughters, and pedigree research verified that Secretariat traces in his dam line to a daughter of Eclipse. In the 20th century, the heart of Phar Lap was weighed and also documented to be 6.35 kilograms (14.0 lb), or essentially the same size as that of Eclipse.
At the time of Secretariat's death, the veterinarian who performed the necropsy, Dr. Thomas Swerczek, head pathologist at the University of Kentucky, did not weigh Secretariat's heart, but stated, "We just stood there in stunned silence. We couldn’t believe it. The heart was perfect. There were no problems with it. It was just this huge engine." Later, Swerczek also performed a necropsy on Sham, who died in 1993. Swerczek did weigh Sham's heart, and it was 18 pounds (8.2 kg). Based on Sham's measurement, and having necropsied both horses, he estimated that Secretariat's heart probably weighed 22 pounds (10.0 kg), or about two-and-a-half times as large as that of the average horse.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
At 42 years old, big, strong, hearty, sturdy, dauntless, and indefatigable, George Bellows died of a ruptured appendix.
He left 600 paintings to us.
The reference photo for this image is at http://www.corbisimages.com/Enlargement/BE034872.html
Monday, November 22, 2010
This boy from Columbus Ohio, decided to become a painter. He was a very talented baseball player and athlete in general, but he decided to paint. Throughout his life he played in minor league sports, but he always followed his hart and became a great American painter.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
What you see below are two pages from a biography of George Bellows that I am illustrating. He was an American artist who made it on his own terms. He lived at the turn of the century (1882-1925) when it was fashionable for American artists to go to Europe to study, since the Impressionists were at that time very popular. George, never saw the need for this. He painted New York City and its' surroundings. He painted the street people with humor and guts, and he became famous in the United States. He is not well known in Europe, it is their loss.
Here is more information on this painting: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/sisterwendy/works/sta.html.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Chicago. It was established in 1897 on Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Until the mid-1960's, Yerkes Observatory housed all of the Department's activities. Today the 77-acre, park-like site in southeast Wisconsin provides laboratory space and access to telescopes for research and instruction.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
We were painting on the Fabian bridge looking towards the Geneva bridge and it was pouring rain. In the middle of the painting the wind switched and it rained onto the bridge and we were soaked.
The plaine aire painting of these did not work out well. There was too much to capture, I did this from a photo afterwards. One thing about plaine aire, I know it doesn't work all the time.