My daughter collects carousels and music boxes. I put this together for her a couple of years ago for her birthday. A little research and a trip or two to the library got me in the ball park. This first stage was the normal drawing process on the toned canvas. The canvas size is 18×24 inches.
In the second stage I added the shadows to show mass and dimensionality.
The background was put in next. Then the white areas of the horse were blocked in and merged with the shadowed areas.
The fourth stage nearly finishes the horse and the riding gear. I hadn’t thought much past painting the horse so I wasn’t real sure how to finish it.
The painting reminded me of the carnivals that came to town every summer when I was a kid. I can still remember the smell of dust mingled with the that of popcorn and cotton candy. I can hear, too, the engines whine and sputter as the carnie started a ride. The lights were bright and the mummer of the crowd, pierced here and there by screaming teenagers, floated by on cool night air. Boy-oh-boy! Those were the days!