|Tickets - 20x20"|
Started a new painting today, a scene from the little carnival that visits Newport every spring. I've gone almost every year to wander around and take photos. I like to people watch, see the teenagers checking each other out, listen to them scream as they get spun upside down and around and around on the hair-raising rides that I would never dare get on. (The ferris wheel is enough of a thrill for me, especially when they stop the ride while you're sitting at the top, and leave you swinging in the breeze!)
I painted a few scenes from the carnival back in 2010, mostly a few close-ups of the food stalls. This time around I spotted the ticket booth with the flags flapping in the breeze, and immediately saw a painting in the making. I loved the sharp shadows, the feeling of bright sunshine and heat. I still have a lot of work to do, especially on Zipper ride, which is rather complex. I'm itching to finish it. Until I do, I won't be happy.