This is my first watercolor interpretation of this photograph I shot from astride my horse that went up and down as we went round and round. The carousel is in the pavilion of the Grand Rapids People's Museum. The pavilion extends over the Grand River. The ride was a gas, as Sammy Davis Jr. (Who) would have said.
I didn't get dizzy at all--or nauseous.
I was moved to get out my watercolors by Dan Kent's (Dan's Canvas) post yesterday. It was something he said Frank Eber said: "Try not to do too much" with watercolors. That's what I had forgotten! I read nearly the same thing in my most favorite wc book: Painting Outside The Lines by Linda Kemp, which first got me to buy some tubes and actually try the medium. The author praised it for allowing spontaneity. I loved her paintings and you know I love spontaneity. I intend to do a few more alla prima interpretations of the colorful carny ride I loved as a kid and again on my wedding anniversary. I was just sorry there weren't more people adding to all the glorious colors -- but then, it was nine thirty in the morning. I wanted to make sure no little kid was going to make me feel sorry for him just because I got the last horse. I feel satisfied with this painting; it's a step in the right wc direction for me.
|The carousel pavilion in Grand Rapids as seen from the 23rd floor of the JW Marriott|
|I kept zooming in to see if the lights were on in the carousel |
so I'd know the museum was open.