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New painting salutes Tely 10's inspiration and history

The creative juices for Louise Hudson's new painting started flowing as she ran down Military Road during her first Tely 10 in 2005.

As she trotted past the cheering crowds and colourful row housing with only a few hundred feet to Mile 10, she reflected on running the race and the sense of achievement she felt.

"Fourth Sunday in July," by artist Louise Hudson.- Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

The creative juices for Louise Hudson's new painting started flowing as she ran down Military Road during her first Tely 10 in 2005.

As she trotted past the cheering crowds and colourful row housing with only a few hundred feet to Mile 10, she reflected on running the race and the sense of achievement she felt.

That pride never left and, a few months later, she decided to focus her artistic energies on the event and the passion of its participants.

She approached the Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association (NLAA) with the idea of doing an official print and the organization - which organizes The Tely 10 - liked the idea.

Hudson went to work and the result is "Fourth Sunday in July," a painting that depicts a pack of runners heading down Military Road, about to round the corner to the race's Bannerman Park finish line.

"I was going to call the painting Home Stretch initially because, for me, when I reach this point in the race, I know I turn this corner down here and I'm home," Hudson says, pointing to the bottom left of the work.

The subject was a departure from the topics the Torbay-based artist has traditionally tackled.

Her past paintings - 12 of which have been made into prints - have generally been high realism, things like landscapes and children.

Although this one was challenging and she considers "Fourth Sunday in July" her most technical piece yet, Hudson found herself relating to the runners as she spent four months painting them from a collage of three pictures.

"I feel like I'm part of the painting and, as I was painting it ... it was just like I was running along and I could feel the energy and the passion. It was a great experience for me to do."

Now that it's done and for sale, Hudson says receiving feedback from people who purchased the print and race participants has been a great experience, too.

She says it has actually changed her life.

"It's just amazing," she says. "It's a beautiful feeling to be able to capture on paper with my art - which is a huge passion for me - something that people are so excited about. (They say) 'I've run 10 Tely 10s, and now there is a print up on my wall to say I did this.'"

George Stanoev, technical director of the NLAA, is a fan of the painting.

He thinks it complements The Tely 10's 81-year history.

"It's a perfect match for the long tradition that we have," says Stanoev.

"It adds special character to the race as well. We are very proud to be associated with it."

Hudson, whose day job is in marketing and business management, had 500 prints done and is giving a portion of her sales to the NLAA.

She is personalizing them for runners by writing their Tely 10 finishing times on the margin.

She will present a framed artist's proof to the NLAA this evening at the Re/Max Centre during registration for this year's Tely 10, which takes place Sunday.

The prints will be available for purchase at registration and at Bannerman Park on race day.

Hudson will be there selling the painting, although she'd rather be running The Tely.

She intended to do so, but injured herself training for a marathon.

sbartlett@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association, The Tely 10, Max Centre

Geographic location: Military Road, Bannerman Park

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  • Christine
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Congrats Louise! Love the painting and the idea behind it! Keep it up!

    p.s. stop hurting yourself during training!!! :)

  • Christine
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Congrats Louise! Love the painting and the idea behind it! Keep it up!

    p.s. stop hurting yourself during training!!! :)