Finally, after months of work, this one is titled, signed, and off the easel! This is the first big panel I’ve done in awhile, and I loved working large again. It feels good to paint with my whole arm instead of just my fingers. Plus. I like how impressive the carousel horses look when they’re almost life-sized. I see some larger-than-life paintings in my future.
There’s a children’s story I’ve been working on about carousel horses, based on the idea that trapped inside every carousel horse is the soul of a real horse. The horses I paint have names and personalities. Silver Moon is a big, handsome guy, but he’s skittish and tends to shy at everything. Pretty to look at, but I don’t trust him. Now Ginger is my kind of mount. He’ll throw his head high and prance a bit, but it’s all for show. With the kids, he’s a babysitter, calm and reliable. I’ve seen him carry kids all day and night without complaint.
“Silver Moon and Ginger” by Lesley Spanos. Acrylic painting on Ampersand Gessobord, 36″ x 24″. Copyright ©2013 Lesley Spanos, all rights reserved.