If you know my dad at all, you’ll know that he has two passions in his life: cars and ice cream. As far as painting goes, he’s never once asked me to paint him anything (my mom on the other hand…) until this past weekend.
Although I was secretly hoping it would involve the later of those two passions, it not-surprisingly involved cars. But how could I say no, after everything he does for me?! For example, he’s helped me move (ie. did 99% of the work involved) every single labor day long weekend for the past 6 years in a row, which usually first required driving up to Ottawa (8 hours away) to move my furniture basically across the street. Well friends, for the first time in my adult life, I am not moving during the labor day long weekend. It feels like the end of an era actually! So instead, I concluded that the least I can do is a painting for my dad, as a way to say thanks.
Now I know absolutely nothing about cars, and have very different taste in art than my dad, so this painting required precise instructions from him.
He asked for a painting similar to this “abstract/distorted” picture on the left, but using the car on the right:
I thought this car was an Audi the whole time I was painting it…
But no, turns out this is an Aston Martin (which is NOT spelled Austin Martin, in case you were wondering…)
Had I been left to my own devices, I would have added a lot of detail to the car, and more colors to the abstract background and called it a day. However, my dad wanted the car to be all abstract too, so I basically took a palette knife and tried to “mess is up” and “stretch it out”. At one point I asked my dad for his input and he pointed out that the car is actually a very light metallic blue, and not white, which was music to my ears, since I love color and thought white is so boring the whole time I was painting this.
And the final reveal!
Had my dad not asked for this, this isn’t something I would have ever painted on my own. I tend to paint more cute, lovey-dovey, pretty things. It was totally out of my comfort zone which made for an overall fun challenge.
In case you wanted to know a little more about this car… It competes in the 24 hour Le Mans race.
And no, it has never won this race.
However, according to my pops, it is the best looking car.
And we’re all about external appearances here (apparently) haha
Since this was yet another commissioned painting, it is not for sale, however prints are available here.
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