I sure have been neglecting this poor old blog of mine lately even though I have quite a few paintings that I’ve completed. So here we go!
For someone who knows and cares very little about cars, I sure do paint a lot of them. Here is the newest addition to the collection, which was done as a commissioned piece.
Some step-by-step progress pictures.
Something I often struggle with is knowing when a painting is done. It’s so easy to get carried away and end up overdoing it. This painting is a good example of that. If you look at the second last progress picture and the final one, you’ll notice I had to “undo” a lot of what I painted. Live and learn 🙂
And the finished product:
And here I am with the finished painting.
This painting was a commissioned piece therefore it is already sold, however prints, up to 18″x12″ are available for sale here.
I recently started yet another commissioned car painting, and this one is huge!! 48″x36″!!! I can’t wait to finish this one and share it with you all. Like my Facebook page to see progress pictures.
There are three surefire ways to make someone feel extra special on their birthday, and that is a fact!
1. Be there.
How can you tell them how special they are to you if you are not there for their birthday? My parents live almost 700km away so usually a phone call and a snail mail card (eons better than a Facebook happy birthday wish) has to do the trick, but this year, luckily, Easter was around the time of my dad’s and brother’s birthdays so I had an extra long weekend and was able to make the trek down to see them. Bonus points for me.
2. Bake a cake.
Sweets are the secret to anyone’s heart, and that is also a fact. If someone tells you they do not like sweets, they are a lying liar who lies so make them cake anyways. Fortunately, my dad loves anything sweet. A couple of years ago, I made him this cake. It was supposed to be a sexy red sports car. Major fail. However, the old man mobile that it looks like is probably more age appropriate anyways. Just kidding dad. You are only as old as you feel and we all know you feel like a 22-year-old.
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.
Prefer original art? My original paintings for sale are listed here.
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