Where to begin? This painting is by Leroy Neiman (I found it on the 'google') and is the epitome of Louisville, KY. Here's the interesting thing: I don't particularly like horses (other than the fact that they are beautiful) and I didn't consider myself a fan of paintings and what most people think of when they say "art". But here it is; possibly one of my favorite images of Louisville.
It reminds me of paintings that some of my friends' parents had hanging in their houses, which I never admired as a child, but now bring me to feelings of nostalgia and take me back home to the Bluegrass State. Louisville is known for basketball, horse racing and art; and that's pretty much it as far as most of the country is concerned. But the Kentucky Derby, on the first Saturday of every May, is my favorite holiday next to Christmas. It's also one of the only days Kentucky gets national and international recognition outside of bourbon commercials and college basketball. The pastels in this painting magnify the bright colors of the horse/jockey teams and emblematize springtime, and the twin spires of Churchhill Downs timelessly crown this image.
For those who really just want to hear about booze, there's some of that too: the Mint Julep. Basically it consists of bourbon, sugar and mint. Plenty of recipes online and if you're lucky enough to find some pre-mixed outside of Kentucky give me a call. It's the official drink of the Derby.
I hope you all enjoy this classy, historic and beautiful weekend as much as I do; in fact I'm kind of banking on it. I'm hoping you guys can share your own favorite things about Louisville and the Kentucky Derby (don't forget about the Oaks!) in either the comments or on my Facebook page. The link is right there. No excuses. Go "like" my facebook page and share your photos of the Derby, or your first swig of the ultra-sweet Mint Julep. Remember I can't go. Ya jerks.