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22″ x 17″ on 140 lb. watercolor paper
I encountered this truck at the Eugene Farmer’s Market. It is a 1949 GMC beautifully repainted with a redesigned bed that folds out into a mobile produce stand. Organic Redneck is part of the McKenzie River Farm just east of Eugene. Great produce! Continue reading
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 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