Amusement Park Ride (final drawing)
2019, pencil on paper with green oxide pastel on reverse, 36" x 48"
The idea for this image came from the 'Flying Skooter' ride at Glen Echo Park in Maryland, a couple miles northwest of Washington, DC. Except for the carousel, all the rides are long-gone now, sold or demolished by 1970. I went there many times as a teenager and it was my next favorite ride after the roller coaster. Each car had room for two people, and by moving a large rudder in front, one could make it rotate and point in different directions while spinning around the central axis. A lot of fun for the time, but tame by the standards of contemporary rides.
|photo from A General History of Glen Echo Park, by Richard A. Cook, 1997|
The initial drawings were simpler and included the rudder. I still may go back to this original composition for a smaller painting, but as subsequent drawings became larger, the rudder started to seem too dominant. I dropped it and added more cars and couples.
Amusement Park Ride (drawing #1)
1991, pencil on tracing paper. 9 1/2" x 11"
Amusement Park Ride (drawing #2)
1993, pencil on paper. 9 1/2" x 11"
Amusement Park Ride, in progress, detail of upper left quadrant
ca. 21" x 24"