November 21st, 2013

Coney Island Carousel

Marie Roberts is a Professor of Art at Fairleigh Dickenson University, where she teaches painting and drawing. She is also Artist in Residence at Coney Island USA, an arts organization dedicated to the cultural and economic revitalization of the Coney Island neighborhood Brooklyn. Marie sent us several wonderful drawings of the historic carousel located there. Marie writes, “this drawing is done with fountain pen and ink, wash, brush and Sakura solid paint marker on Gamma paper. It was drawn at the B & B Carousel in Coney Island on Memorial Day. The subject is the “Lincoln Horse,” one of four carved in Coney Island by master carver Marcus C. Illions in 1909 to celebrate the centenary of Lincoln’s birth. It is the only one still in use on a working carousel. This drawing was done while the carousel was in motion, and I omitted the portrait of Lincoln. I am enjoying trying to solve the problems of drawings that don’t turn out well; this is an example of trying to wrest something from a failure. The Stillman & Birn paper makes this very possible.”

MEDIA: Ink, ink wash and solid paint marker
SURFACE: Gamma Series – 100 Lb. (150 gsm) – Ivory – Vellum Finish

carousel horse


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