Rainbow Carousel Horse original painting
I wanted to sculpt an entire carousel in a rainbow of candy colored horses and riders. The idea was in my head for forever, so I designed a couple of girls and horses in my sketchbook. Each girl had a color theme and cute hair, dresses, and striped socks. This is the turquoise rainbow carousel horse:
I like the idea, but I don’t think I would be able to sculpt it so I messed around with the painting digitally trying to think of another way to use it. I love playing with layers and colors both digitally and physically. The challenge is building up a rich texture and depth while trying to keep the colors luminous. After too many layers of paint colors get muddy and flat so I have to test my ideas for colors and techniques on smaller studies, like this Rainbow Carousel Horse painting.
An entire carousel of rainbow colored horses and girls would still be a lot of fun to design and paint, but maybe I could make this a paper carousel? A series of painted girls on carousel horses? This is a fun study for a large painting. I used a dover clip art frame with stars and I really like the framed piece, it would be even more awesome with a gold leaf frame on a wood plaque.