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Cirque Du Nuit- The Nightmare

Cirque Du Nuit- The Nightmare



Sep 26, 2006 – (279 views)

"My, oh, my how the kiddies do love the carousel! Round and round they go on horses that might terrify them if they were anywhere but at the circus. But even as dark as the Cirque du Nuit may be, it's all in fun, isn't it? Isn't it? Oh, how the carousel loves the kiddies in return.... Horses with manes built of night and ghosts race out to find those sleeping tots who rode them round and round all day and evening, bringing them the stuff of nightmares. They breathe in those shrieks of terror with glee and race home before dawn to feed us all. Oh, how we love the carousel... and how it loves us...."

I've been away from pastels a very long time. (Since some time in the 80's... yikes!) In spite of that, I'm pretty happy with how this came out. This is the second in a series called Cirque Du Nuit which will be dark/horror circus and carnival images. I'm not sure how many there will be in all, but I have a few ideas backstocked for them that I work on as the mood strikes.

Tools Used: Conte a Paris Pastels (10 pack) and Colourfix Paper (black)
Time Taken: Estimated 5 hours or so.


fantastic painting, quite haunting.
Jul 14, 2007 – andy tetlow
Thank you! For those who are interested, the first piece in this series is in my pencil folder here.
Sep 26, 2006 – aazari
Oh wow, great colors and loose brush strokes. I say keep going on your pastel riff!
Sep 26, 2006 – watterson
I love the terror feel of it and the live look of the horses. Wow, can't wait to see the rest of the series
Sep 26, 2006 – mtv65

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