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12-04-2000, 12:09 AM
I'm back at my Merry-Go-Round series. This is 10x20 pastels on La Carte paper.
Do I need to punch this up a little or do you like the rather stark background?

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12-04-2000, 12:16 AM
Ok...the background isn't THAT stark!!
This came out really dark again when I posted it. There are 3 curved rows of twinkly lights towards the top and the foreground is actually light to dark gray.



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12-04-2000, 02:09 AM
Hey Gisela.
I think you should do something with the background as they look as though they have been put out of commission as they are and are up for sale or something.I dont get a fairground feeling as is now.

12-04-2000, 11:24 AM
Gisela, I'm a little confused as to where we are. On one hand I would assume we're on the outside of the carousel, looking in, simply based on the direction of the horses. But the background is throwing me. I'm not sure if it's the rows of twinkly lights or what appear to be windows in the background that make me feel I'm on the inside looking out and that the carousel itself is in a dark warehouse. Then again, maybe it's just me. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif



12-04-2000, 11:57 AM
Hehe...it is inside...sort of. This carousel was 1/2 enclosed--those are actually openings in the enclosue with grates over them.
There is part of a third horse too, but this posted so dark that he doesn't even show up. I guess you could say he's a 'dark horse.' http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

My interest in these ponies stems from the fact that they look so demented. Some of them look more like they come from a Bosch nightmare scene than litte kiddie playdreams! I mean, really, gnashing teeth, frenzied eyes!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/eek.gif



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Phyllis Franklin
12-04-2000, 05:21 PM
Being very new to pastels, I always like to look and see techniques that other people use. I like the way you have blended your pastels and I like the light horses against the darker background. It reminds me of going to the fair at night and seeing all the lights of the rides light up the grounds. Thanks for the bringing this back to my memory.

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12-06-2000, 07:42 PM

A couple of observations for your painting...

- The background and foreground are fine, but because of the contrast between the two, try using some softer edging on the side of the horses as they turn away from the viewer. This will unify the background to the foreground together better. The crispest, sharpest places should be on the closest part of the white horse to us.

- Is this from a flash photograph? The reason I ask, is because the front-most horse is flooded with light top to bottom. To draw more attention to the horses heads as more of a focal point reduce the light below the chest a bit.

- Raise the value of the highest highlights on the horse heads in strategic places. Carousel animals are usually very reflective due to the enamel paint.

- As the horses bodies turn away you have the value change in the chest of each horse. The horse collars should change as they turn away as well.

- You really have captured the visual movement in these figures. Just a little adjusting and you'll be there!

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12-06-2000, 09:35 PM
Hi Gisela,
I really like the stark background - it really shows of the horses. I agree that, if anything, I would punch up selected highlights on the nearest horse to really make them sing out. Also, I would tone down the pole on the extreme right as it tends to draw the eye a little.
I think you have really captured the demented look as well as a lot of movement and energy.
best wishes


12-07-2000, 04:55 AM
I love carousel horses! These are great, Gisela, and I agree with the others. You image does look a little dark-washed . . .

This better?

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I'm going to paint my daughter's wall with a carousel mural when she gets a little older.

Thanks for the inspiration!

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