Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Grim Mower - gouache

gouache, 2017
available, 7.5"x11"

      Just a fun little piece to get back into gouache. I haven't done anything in gouache in a while. More to come.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

39 Cadillac - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
nfs, 11"x15"

      Loosening up on car paintings always feels like a double-edged blade. I'm inclined to render cars photographically as I did for several years. But, as I've mentioned here before, I no longer want to be a camera; I want to interpret and paint loosely. So, sometimes I try to split the difference and render some parts tightly and some loosely. Baby steps. The grillwork on this one is loose partly out of necessity. If I were painting this on a full sheet or even a half, I might have been more exact in the execution of all that grill chrome. I've done it before. But, at this size I'm not sure my hand is that steady. So, we went loose and gave the impression of lots of chrome grill tines (for lack of a better word). The yellow is a factory color of the period, I think, though the original color probably wasn't so bright. The original isn't for sale because my daughter expressed an interest in it when it was still in progress -- mostly because her favorite color is yellow.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

67 Camaro RS #2 - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
nfs, 11"x15"

      When the recipient of this commission of his first car saw it he immediately had to have another for his father since they shared the car. Works for me. Of course, no two paintings are identical. So, there are a lot of differences between the two, some things are better on the first one, some are better on this one. Overall, I might be a little happier with this one than the first one.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

'51 Nose - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
available, 8"x10"

      This probably should be called "Rusty Cadi Redux" because I've painted this particular image before - back in 2011 (Rusty Cadi). The original was auctioned off for the local United Way a few years ago. But I've always liked the reference photo and thought it would be fun to revisit it in a slightly looser style. So, here it is, though the style isn't much looser than the first attempt.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Red Window - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
available, 11"x15"

      Just a quick flower-in-a-window painting. There's actually very little I would change or do differently. That's weird.

Monday, June 26, 2017

AJ - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
nfs, 6"x9"

      Here's another quick portrait in Payne's Gray. This one worked out better than the last one.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cadillac #1 - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
available, 11"x15"

     I got a wild hair recently to see if I could play with the logos/badges of various auto manufacturers and their products and drop a little impressionism/expressionism on them. It might make an interesting pop art series. Since I also recently bought a Cadillac (a VERY good deal on a used SRX that I couldn't pass up), I thought their latest logo crest would be a good place to start.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Edgefield School - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
available, 11"x15"

      Just a fairly quick impressionist landscape of the old school in Edgefield, a magical place. As always, I wish the sky had scanned better; it's a moderately better one than usual.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Barry - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
nfs, 6"x9"

      This a quick portrait sketch playing with a loose wet style I've admired for a while. I've also needed to get back to monochrome for a while to keep my understanding of values strong.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

67 Camaro RS - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
nfs, 11"x15"

      This is a commission I did for a cousin of my wife. It's a gift for her husband, his first car. Fairly straightforward.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

49 Cadillac Hearse - marker

ink, 2017
available, 9"x12"

      I found some Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers on clearance locally so I thought I'd give them a try. I just bought a couple grays as I've been wanting to experiment more with grayscale and with markers. This is a first attempt. Not bad if I say so myself. The two pens I chose were a bit darker than I expected. I was looking for four levels -- two grays, black and paper white. Not really what I got. Even so, they work nicely in a horror theme, obviously. I'll be playing with these some more for both finished pieces and preliminary grayscale sketches for watercolors.

Thursday, May 25, 2017