Sunday, September 20, 2015

Week three. September 2015.


I started this painting back in 2013 but the carnival closed before I could finish it. I remember at the start wondering nothing more than if I could pull off a large night-time plein air painting. But as it leaned against the wall in my studio over the next two years, waiting for that fair to roll around again, I piled more questions onto it: could I capture the gestures of the people walking without too many distracting details; could I organize them into a graphic compositional element that supports and is secondary to the midway tents; could I paint the optical effect of the bright lights subtly reflecting into the dark sky-shape?


Step Right Up, 24" x 30", oil on canvas, $1500 framed, $1400 unframed.

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Rockingham County Fair is one of the top 50 agricultural fairs in the country and I love to wander though the barns and see the kids working with their animals. Here are a few snapshots.


1 comment:

  1. I love this series of pictures...but that would be expected after all of those years of teaching. That little girl I’m the hay beside her cow is precious and that last capture is classic. I am so glad you posted these. Please keep it going. I will pass the word about you if you decide to carry on. genie