Tuesday, May 5, 2015

N is for Nostalgia




Carousel - Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 8X10


One of the sweetest memories of growing up in Detroit was piling into my dad's car on a lazy Saturday afternoon and going to Edgewater Amusement Park.

Built in 1927, Edgewater was one of the most popular destinations for blue collar Detroiters because it was so affordable.  Attractions like the Wild Mouse (roller coaster) and Hall of Mirrors were favorites, but the merry-go-round won hands down - at least for me.

I feasted on the lights, the mirrors, the music, and that beautiful menagerie of every animal I loved.
And although those magical rides over the rainbow were much too short,  the wonderful memories have lasted a lifetime.


27 comments:

  1. You have brought back some great childhood memories for me, Chris. Here in Montreal we have one amusement park...Laronde. But when I was a little girl there was another amusement park, and it was built before Laronde. It was called Belmont Park. I loved the carousel and the Tilt a Whirl best. :)

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  2. this is just wonderful! love the composition and textures

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  3. Magnifique ! j'adore le bleu et là une vraie beauté !

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  4. What a glorious point of view for these merry-go-round equines! I really love this! Here in IL for us, it was Playland. $0.10 per ride and my parents would take us and get each of us 3 kids (at the time) 10 rides each. Oh I was enthralled!

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  5. Linda, I know they don't build them like Belmont Park anymore. I think we had the advantage on letting our imaginations run wild. I loved the Tilt-a-Whirl, too!

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  6. Thanks, Sherry. It didn't take much to make us happy, did it? What a perfect name for your park!

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  7. lamujoart.blogspot.comMay 6, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    I was there with you, same place, same time. Wow!

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  8. Bonjour,

    Je découvre avec ravissement votre univers et je m'autoriserai une prochaine visite...

    Cette dernière aquarelle avec les chevaux de manège me plaît particulièrement. J'aime toutes les belles nuances de couleurs que vous avez employées.
    Très joli travail.
    A la maison nous avons fait l'acquisition de magnifique cheval de bois de manège. Il trône dans le salon et je ne me lasse pas de l'admirer à chaque fois.

    Merci pour votre gentil petit commentaire.

    Gros bisous

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  9. Laurie, that is so amazing. I never hitchhiked to Edgewater, but I hitchhiked home. Between the mall and the park, I can't believe we didn't run into each other!

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  10. Love the batik and this subject is so beautifully done.

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  11. An amazing watercolor, Chris!! You do such beautiful work with rice paper!!

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  12. Thank you, Hilda. Appreciate your generous comment!

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  13. Thank you for your lovely comment, Martine. I also dream of having an old wooden carousel horse in my home someday. I'm sure yours makes you smile every time you walk by.

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  14. It certainly would excite a budding artist. It shows you were observant way back them. This is a wonderfully designed painting. Your design sense always wins my admiration.

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  15. Wow, this is inspiring, painting is a expression that i would consider as my frustration. :)

    I love arts as well (as this is the title of my blog). :)

    New here and im looking forward to learn more from you! :)

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  16. Thank you, Julie. I admit I've taken a lot of cues from your blog - your instruction and artwork.

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  17. Nice to meet you, Steven. Looking forward to learning from each other.

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  18. You do such a nice job on your animal batiks even carrousel horses. Inspires me to try to paint the photo I took several years ago. I like the dramatic angle of the horses in your painting though.

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  19. Thanks, Melanie. Some of the old photos are better than the new ones. I hope you try.

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  20. Awww - sweet childhood memories. I could never resist carousels. They were always so magical to me. Very nice horses!

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  21. Awww - sweet childhood memories. I could never resist carousels. They were always so magical to me. Very nice horses!

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  22. Awww - sweet childhood memories. I could never resist carousels. They were always so magical to me. Very nice horses!

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