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This is the fourth Harley-Davidson motorcycle I’ve painted. I love painting the chrome with all the highlights and contrast. This particular Harley was parked in bright sunlight near the University of Oregon Bookstore this summer. I took some snapshots for reference then forgot about them. This fall I was scanning through my photos and this one caught my eye.
This took about 3 hours to draw or maybe longer. It was a painstaking process but worth the time. When I spend a lot of time with the drawing, the resulting painting is usually better than if I rush things or trace a projected image (which I almost never do).
I started painting what I think are the exhaust pipes. The blue of the sky, black of buildings being reflected and the tan of the ground took multiple layers to get it just right. I got a bit lost in this painting at times, but was able to recover to my own satisfaction. Part of the challenge was to understand what I was painting. Since I don’t know how a motorcycle works let alone a car, I wasn’t always sure what all the parts of the machine were or what they did.
In the end I was happy with the finished painting and the overall composition. Continue reading
24″ x 18″ on 140 lb. Watercolor paper
$150 unframed/$250 framed
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.
I had tried painting marbles before with limited success. I think it just takes some observing. In this painting I returned to my favorite color crayons and added the marbles and a long piece of string. I used automobile detailing tape that was 1/8 inch wide to mask off the string and then masking fluid to mask off all the crayons and marbles. I then proceeded to put a blue wash over the entire paper. After removing the tape and masking fluid, I masked off the reflections on the marbles and the light on the crayons. Finally, I started painting crayons and marbles adding numerous glazes to get the colors the right value and intensity. I removed the masking fluid from the marbles and crayons and spent several hours adding and darkening shadows. I may have overworked this a bit, but I am happy with the results.
24″ x 30″ 140 lb. cold press paper
This San Francisco Queen Anne Victorian sits at the top of Pacific Heights in San Francisco. I brightened up the colors a bit from the original light beige to this brighter gold/yellow. I think If I were to paint this again, I would trace the image so to avoid the distortions I created when I drew the image. I think you have to either go pretty loose with these types of paintings or get it architecturally right. The windows on the second floor on the right side are on a curved wall which created some problems as well. I do like the decorative designs on the left part of the building (top and middle) and, in general, the depth the painting creates. Continue reading