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View of a Carousel

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View of a Carousel

"View of a Carousel" is a different take on the carousel at Lakeside Amusement Park in Denver, Colorado. I snapped a photo on a warm, summer night in late August, and decided to make a painting from it. Lakeside is a wonderful amusement park which I go to at least once each summer, because of its history and nostalgic feel. When you enter the park, you have a sense that it is 1955. I liked this particular angle, looking up from the entrance of the ride, because the word "Round" was accentuated by the series of curves in the shot. I also appreciate the metaphor of life's ongoing cycles, and I incorporate that theme into more than one of my paintings.

I used Windsor and Newton and Grumbacher watercolors on a Strathmore 140 lb Cold Press paper.