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Mobile Manners

Mobile Manners

“Mobile Manners” by Lesley Spanos. Acrylic painting on cradled Ampersand Gessobord, 11″ x 14″....

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Lemon Shake-Up

Lemon Shake-Up

Combine fresh lemons, sugar,  and water with ice in a cup and shake it, and you have the Lemon Shake-Up, a...

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Painting at the Indiana S...

Painting at the Indiana State Fair

Today I had the pleasure of painting outdoors at the Speed Barns (racing barns) Open House at the Indiana...

Racing History

When I visit a racetrack with a long and rich history, like the oval at the Indiana State Fair track, I can almost...

Racing History
posted on: Aug 15, 2013 | author: Lesley Spanos

Mobile Manners

“Mobile Manners” by Lesley Spanos. Acrylic painting on cradled Ampersand Gessobord, 11″ x 14″. Copyright...

Mobile Manners
posted on: Jan 4, 2013 | author: Lesley Spanos

Stars, Stripes, & Cowboys Foreve...

The rodeo arena was decorated with several huge American flags, which dwarfed the cowboys sitting below them. I’m...

Stars, Stripes, & Cowboys Forever
posted on: Jun 6, 2012 | author: Lesley Spanos

Mr. Bee & Friends Go For A Spin

I didn’t know these kids, but as soon as they saw my camera, they started mugging for it. That happens a lot. Kids...

Mr. Bee & Friends Go For A Spin
posted on: Jun 1, 2012 | author: Lesley Spanos
Mr. Bee Takes Some Friends For A Ride

Mr. Bee Takes Some Friends For A Ride

posted on: May 30, 2012 | author: Lesley Spanos

These two little friends are enjoying the Bumble Bee Bop, my favorite carnival ride.     Available on...

Mr. Bee Poses For His Portrait

Mr. Bee Poses For His Portrait

posted on: May 20, 2012 | author: Lesley Spanos

I don’t know why I love the Bumble Bee Bop so much. I guess part of the reason is because these guys are always cheerful, and just so darn...

Blind Side

Blind Side

posted on: Apr 16, 2012 | author: Lesley Spanos

He’s not really blind, just blinded by blinders. Trainers put all sorts of interesting contraptions on these harness race horses so they won’t...

Stanley Steamer

Stanley Steamer

posted on: Sep 15, 2011 | author: Lesley Spanos

I’d never seen a steam-powered car fired up until I saw this one. It was in the daily parade at the Indiana State Fair, its shiny red paint...

Flare

Flare

posted on: Sep 13, 2011 | author: Lesley Spanos

A harness racing horse I photographed at the State Fair a couple of years ago. It’s painted in M. Graham gouache. I love gouache!  The matte...

Redear Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

posted on: Sep 9, 2011 | author: Lesley Spanos

“Redear Sunfish” by Lesley Spanos. Acrylic painting on Ampersand Aquabord, 7″ x 5″. Copyright ©2011 Lesley Spanos, all...

Goatee

Goatee

posted on: Sep 2, 2011 | author: Lesley Spanos

I never really thought about the source of the word “goatee,’ until I saw this guy. He had quite a nice beard, long, silky, and clean. Here are...

Stare Down

Stare Down

posted on: Aug 28, 2011 | author: Lesley Spanos

Chickens scare me a little. I’m glad this one was locked safely behind bars at the State Fair. Though, if looks could kill… Any chicken experts...

Twenty Lashes

Twenty Lashes

posted on: Aug 25, 2011 | author: Lesley Spanos

This pig had amazing eyelashes,  hence the title. This is another ink drawing done live at the fair, with color added in the...

Feed Me

Feed Me

posted on: Aug 24, 2011 | author: Lesley Spanos

The sign actually said, “Please hold hand flat when feeding,” but the goat’s eyes said, “Please feed me.” The key to photographing...

Bronc

Bronc

posted on: May 29, 2011 | author: Lesley Spanos

This bronc in a holding pen at the State Fair rodeo caught my eye. He stood with his head held high, watching the action in the arena. His long mane...

Shades

Shades

posted on: May 28, 2011 | author: Lesley Spanos

After a week of painting pets, we’re back to the State Fair. This bronc rider had the rodeo in his eyes, or at least in his mirrored...

Jersey Girl

Jersey Girl

posted on: Apr 21, 2011 | author: Lesley Spanos

Found this pretty lady in the dairy barn at the Indiana State Fair. The barn has huge frosted windows along the western exposure, which let in a...

Portrait of the Chicken as a Young Cockerel

Portrait of the Chicken as a Young Cockerel

posted on: Apr 12, 2011 | author: Lesley Spanos

This dashing young fellow looked like he was posing for a formal portrait, so I ignored his striking tail feathers and zoomed in on his ...

Krembo

Krembo

posted on: Mar 29, 2011 | author: Lesley Spanos

The Blue Monkey Sideshow set wouldn’t be complete without the Master of Cermonies, Krembo, a dashing figure in Wild Bill Hickok beard and...

Snoozin’

Snoozin’

posted on: Mar 25, 2011 | author: Lesley Spanos

It was a hot and humid August day at the Indiana State Fair. This pig raised a lazy eyelid when he heard my camera, then went back to sleep. I guess...

Sideshow

Sideshow

posted on: Sep 1, 2010 | author: Lesley Spanos

“She has no arms, no legs, no bones in her body, yet she will talk to you and answer all of your questions.” That nightmarish refrain has...

Bronc Rider

Bronc Rider

posted on: Aug 18, 2010 | author: Lesley Spanos

The State Fair allows us to travel to other times, other places, offering glimpses of worlds we don’t often see. In the rodeo we see what life...

Scrambled

Scrambled

posted on: Aug 7, 2010 | author: Lesley Spanos

Oh, dude, I feel your misery. There you sit, eyes shut and praying for your world to stop spinning so you can devote your full concentration to...

Boys

Boys

posted on: Aug 6, 2010 | author: Lesley Spanos

Boys, like all young animals, go through an awkward, gawky stage. Here a young Holstein observes his human...

Lemon Shake-Up

Lemon Shake-Up

posted on: Aug 4, 2010 | author: Lesley Spanos

Combine fresh lemons, sugar,  and water with ice in a cup and shake it, and you have the Lemon Shake-Up, a popular thirst quencher in some parts of...

Thunderstorm Warning

Thunderstorm Warning

posted on: Aug 2, 2010 | author: Lesley Spanos

Does he hear tornado sirens in the distance? Summer storms are a common occurrence during State Fairs in the Midwest. They appear on hot, humid...

Sunset Grill

Sunset Grill

posted on: Jul 31, 2010 | author: Lesley Spanos

Named not for the landmark eatery in Hollywood, but for the last rays of the setting sun illuminating the faces of these young women as they served...

Farmall Tractors

Farmall Tractors

posted on: Jul 30, 2010 | author: Lesley Spanos

Restored antique Farmall tractors on display at the...

Clockwise

Clockwise

posted on: Jul 26, 2010 | author: Lesley Spanos

Know how to find state fairgrounds on a satellite image? Look for the racetrack. Almost every state fairground featured horse racing in its past....

When Ducks Gossip

When Ducks Gossip

posted on: Jul 23, 2010 | author: Lesley Spanos

When Gabby heard the news, she fainted dead away, her bill pointing skyward… The Duck Pond on the Midway is the place where rubber duckies...

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