February 7, 2022: The People
I feel it important that the Carousel has people hanging around. I’ve accidentally constructed the Carousel such that figures of 1:24 or 1:25 scale could be used. This convenient accident allows me to use figures that are available to the garden railroad and architectural worlds.
If I owned a resin printer I might have considered printing these figures myself, however, they are available unpainted for about $1.25 each. I consider this to be a bargain. I ordered an assortment of about 18 figures, selected the ones that I wanted to use, and pulled out my acrylic paints.
This is fun…figure painting. Each of the figures takes on a personality as the colors are applied. For skin tone, I default to a Light Gold metallic I don’t want my figures to be any skin tone that exists on this planet. My goal is to paint these figures in such a manner that people will look at them and not be critical, and perhaps more importantly, that people can look at the figures and fill in the blanks with details of their choice.
You will note that I’ve also added a Polar Bear that is wearing a suit. why not? This is fantasy. This is cheerfulness. This is ‘make folks smile’.
I’ve also got a Spider-Man hanging from the overhead and a skunk riding on the Unicorn’s back. People are noticing these little things and enjoy them
One of my initial goals was to have a couple of folks waving at the humans that were watching them. I’ve failed with this. For example, the Clown that is riding the tiger was supposed to wave his hand. I had it all figured out and constructed. When I mounted the clown onto the tiger it became apparent that I had failed to keep in mind that the tiger goes up and down. A stupid and time-consuming error. You would think that something this obvious would be impossible to overlook. I managed. In the end, no one is waving.
The good news is that none of the humans that have watched this mini-carnival have asked me why no one is waving at them. There seems to be enough going on that people are engaged and satisfied.
The figures that are standing around the Carousel are held in place with a screw that has been glued into a leg. Those that are sitting on the park bench are held in place with magnets. This will allow them to be changed out as I see fit.
I had performed one time in public before adding all of the figures. It is my impression that the addition of the figures has caused a much higher level of focus. People seem to sort of put themselves in place of the figures and enjoy the Carousel from that different perspective.
And lastly, I want to say that I am receiving a tremendous amount of pleasure from the experience of watching people enjoy my art. I want to create more art of this type.