And there was one other aspect I liked...the gray haired owner in the background. My FatBoy friends and I often remark that all of the cool hot rods and customs are owned and driven by ol' 'gray beards' like us. We all grew up in the 50's and 60's when cars were king and we never got over it. My own adventures began in a metal flake blue '52 Chevvy, raked, scavenger pipes (If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand), dual strombergs, Dodge flipper hub caps and a white naugahyde interior. Later craziness included a '66 GTO tripower and my first ever new car, a 70 1/2 Camaro Z28. (yes there was such a thing. Not the classic '69 which has become legendary, but in my opinion, the best looking Camaro ever made.)
But I digress. Those days are long gone, but the feeling that the cars of that era invoke certainly aren't. I had an unusually large canvas panel sitting around in the studio, so I started in. I had in mind that I wanted to paint a 'portrait' of the car, rather than a highly detailed rendering of every chrome reflection. I also wanted that aggressive stance to come through. I think it did...and with an almost 3-D effect. The results are fun and a little different for me. I call it, "The Price of Their Toys". I'll bet that ol' graybeard loved driving that car home that beautiful, hot summer day.
|The Price of Their Toys 16" x 20" Oil on canvas panel|
|The block in stage...first session|