14″x11″ Oil on canvas
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” -Theodor Seuss Geisel, “Dr. Seuss”, American writer, poet and cartoonist, 1904-1991
As you may have noticed, I finally changed the name of my blog to more reflect my broader interests as a painter. I haven’t done the “painting a day” thing with any regularity in a couple years, much less a painting a day! So just know that I will continue my art blog and hopefully you will find something that interest you. I really want to re-design it, but that will come in time, I suppose. I will try to continue with more regularity as well. I really enjoy doing it, it just takes time and effort, both of which seem to be at a premium these days.
With this piece I decided to illustrate my process again with the rough oil sketch and finished piece above. This little 1935 Ford Coupe was a lot of fun to paint. It is based on a car I found on the web. I was intrigued by the shiny black paint with chrome wheels and wide whitewalls, lots of contrasts. One of my friends, Ron Petro, of California, a fellow artist and gearhead, told me today that my work “just feels good”. More specifically, he said; “Yeah, but your art, I stare at, and it just feels good. I get lost in the illustration because its a feeling, even more than a visual”. How cool is that? Ron hit the nail on the head. It is just a feeling!
I actually started doing these little car caricatures about a year ago one day on a whim. I was looking for something to paint while going through some old issues of Street Rodder magazine, looking at cartoons by the late Dave Bell, and thought I would try to do a cartoon car in oils just as I had back in my teens. I guess I was trying to re-capture some of the feelings I had in my youth, the freedom, the cars, the music, all the things that made me happy as a young man. During that period, the early to mid-seventies, I was doing a lot of car drawings. I was years away from trying to paint and hadn’t begun my newspaper career yet. I did my first caricature of myself standing next to my beloved ’66 Mustang Fastback. At the time I thought the drawing was great. Not so much, now. I may post it at some point, if for nothing else, to get a good laugh. But it was an honest start. Art is certainly all about honesty and feelings, a feeling. These little cars make me happy. I hope they have the same effect on others. Thanks for getting to the point, Ron. -Enjoy!