Category Archives: Wheels
Next I started successive layers of an indigo, Van Dyke brown and cerulean blue mix on the Buick body. In most areas i did 5-6 layers. Once the body color was done I began working on the back wheel and the inside of the car. My penultimate task was to paint in Gary’s Coffee shop in the background. The reference photo didn’t show this, but since I’m going to display this painting at Gary’s, I thought it would be a nice touch to show the shop in a painting.
Finally, to finish the painting, I softened edges, cleaned up lines, scratched in some details, and added another layer of paint to the body of the car.
It seems all my paintings have areas I don’t care for and others that I do like. This one is no exception. I struggled with the front wind shield. The reference photo was no help and I wanted to have some reflection. In the end, I gave up and left it alone. The parts I like best are the rear wheel area and the reflections in the back side window.
First, this was the most fun I’ve had painting. The painting is from a photo that I took at the Eugene Celebration but I failed to note the model and year of the car. So I started searching for it on the Internet. I could see what looked like a Ford emblem on the front so I typed in “1935 Ford”, just guessing at the year (although, hey!, it says 1935 right on the license plate) and . . . voila! . . . I discovered the entire world of 1935 Ford buffs. “So Biff wants to be a buff.” I was surprised that the bells and horns on the front of the car are original and maybe even the greyhound hood ornament. Continue reading
I think I may have overdosed on painting chrome after this one. When I showed Carolyn the drawing for this painting she said, “What is it?” I should probably enter a 12 step program for chrome painters and be allowed to paint only flowers for a month.
Okay. So what it is? Well, the painting is based on a picture I took at a Harley Davidson dealership. This is the side of a Harley Dyna Low Rider. The light was coming from the showroom windows behind the bike and from a lot of spotlights in the showroom ceiling.
I masked off areas I wanted to remain white. I then started painting the light blue highlights including some areas that I would be adding black to (the black being a mix of indigo and van dyke brown). The blue would be higlights on the black rubber foot supports, for example. I then began adding all the dark highlights and mostly working from left to right across the composition. Finally I added some reflected red color.
Zoom! Zoom! Off to chrome painter’s rehab! Continue reading
This painting was from a picture I took in front of a bike shop near the University of Oregon. It was such a complex composition that I traced it onto the watercolor paper instead of drawing. It took me about 90 minutes to mask off all the spokes and white parts of the tires. I like the brightness of the front bike, the shadows and the bricks in the lower left. Continue reading
I took a bunch of pictures at the Eugene Celebration car show last month. After reviewing the pictures I chose this one to paint. There wasn’t a car reflecting in the hubcap. Since I was squatting down to take the picture I blocked what was behind me. So invented the car.
I traced the circles of the hubcap and wheel and then drew in the reflections. Because I painted one quadrant at a time, I was often confused as to which circles connected to which circle. There are some technical errors there but I like the overall composition.
I started with the sky reflection. I continued to layer it in until I had the color I wanted. At first it was too light. I did the same with the black, laying in 4-5 layers until it reached the intensity I needed.
I kept turning the painting as I painted keeping the section I was working on in the upper right-hand corner. Since I am left handed, this works best for me.
I tried to make the tire subtle enough not to distract but enough detail to identify it as a tire.
I like this one. Continue reading