Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Car Show and Wine Festival - New Work
I finished this piece last Wednesday just in time to get it photographed, varnished and framed for our local British Car Club Car Show at New Kent Winery this past weekend. We have and arts and craft area in which I show my art. My husband and I are members of the club but currently our 1953 MG TD is in many parts and pieces as it undergoes a total renovation. So until it's completely done and road worthy I draw other great cars from our club. This one is our club president's car and it certainly is a beauty. (our TD is much the same style)
Creating this work involved a few changes to the original photo so I thought I'd show you what I had to work from. The day the photo was taken in Aug. 2011 was very sunny and a typical VA warm humid one. The meeting was during the mid day when sun was not the best for photos.
I removed the large white tent behind the car on the right and added more of the vineyards like on the upper left. I chose to create a more fall-ish coloring starting on the trees since our show is a fall show and also to add some warmth to all the greens in the reference. The photo made the car look so much blacker of a green than it really is, due to the lighting on this day. Working on the sanded surface helped me quickly create the gravel surface, by just skimming over the surface with Prismacolor sticks and using some stippling with CP's. I went for a warmer gravel than in the photo to keep color harmony in my work. Being a slave to the photo is not always a good thing, so remember to compose your piece to make a better painting than photo. As you can see the sky was a complete wash out in the photo so I made this one up from all of my observations of skies and clouds. Mental photographs are a great resource and you always have them in your head. All you have to do is take the time to really see some of the great skies we take for granted.
The show was a great success with over 250 classic European cars. And I made some great contacts for Car Portraits! Which is really just a still life in a landscape. Enjoy your colorful day and next on to a new piece from my Provence Trip.