Amusement park series

I visited Lake Erie’s preeminent amusement park, Cedar Point, five times this summer. I am using the thousands of photos that I took from these visits as reference material for my new series–Amusement Parks.

I have 10 finished designs and I’ve started the drawings on several canvases. Yesterday, I finished the drawing for the first painting in the series, Winner!, which I’m showing here. The drawing is simply lead on canvas. I will start the actual painting later today.

I take pains with the drawings and cartoons for the same reasons that artists in the past did, namely, to solve the design puzzles before taking-up the brush. This way, once I start painting, I can concentrate solely on the painting.

Winner! is 40″ x 56.”

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