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"First Carousel" by Lesley Spanos. Oil on 6 x 6" Gessobord panel. Copyright ©2009, all rights reserved.

"First Carousel" by Lesley Spanos. Oil on 6 x 6" Gessobord panel. Copyright ©2009, all rights reserved.

My interest in painting a State Fair series began with this carousel. The colors, the reflections, and the shapes were all a joy to paint, and I can’t wait to paint more.

I like this horse because he isn’t the usual cutesy carved steed. He looks terrified, eyes rolled back and mouth open in a silent, eternal scream. I can hear him. He’s the black horse in a nightmare, and the contrast between him and the cotton candy-colored horse is satisfying to me.

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