Friday, August 22, 2014

"Carnie" Figure in Oil

This "Carnie" (or "Carney") was spotted at the Carnival section of the Amador County Fair a few weeks ago.  It was mid afternoon on a very hot summer day and business was a little slow, apparently.  I had stopped to enjoy a corn dog and beer when I spotted him.

This is an 11 x 14 on stretched canvas.  I tried to keep the very busy background as loose and abstract as I could.  I wanted only the Carnie and the Sledge Hammer Bell Tower to stand out.  This painting was completed in about 3 -4 hours in two sessions.   The first was the block in kept very abstract and the second was spent defining the elements that I wanted to have as the focus.

I really enjoyed the way this painting came together.  It seemed almost effortless.  Having a great subject matter definately helped!  (The corn dog and the COLD beer was good too!)

Carnie   11 x 14 Oil on stretched canvas 

Here's the block in at the end of the first session.

Carnie   WIP

My Art Site: Bruce Hancock Fine Art


  1. Bruce, You truly captured the attitude and pose of a Carnie vendor taking a break on a very hot summer day. I love the fresh brush work in this piece.

  2. Thank you for the support and good words, Ruth. This was a fun one...and I'm pleased with the result. It was a good day at the Amador County Fair!!

  3. What a nice, clean painting! Your usual accurate line is obvious but I'm particularly impressed with the color coordination and subtlety that contrast light and shadow as well as constructs the background. Very nice! As a side note, I'm working a bit on my "Fair-goers" and haven't found a suitable background. Your approach may be just what it needs! Nice work!

  4. Thanks Kansas! As you can imagine, the background was very busy...and distracting too. I tried really hard to just squint and paint the 'blur". By the way, I drew this in with black acrylic gesso...and blocked in the darkest passages with it too. By the time I was done, most of it had been overpainted, but I really like the feel of putting oil on the black gesso....and I like starting off with some really dark darks...even if they get lightened in the painting process. Thanks again for the comments!