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.