Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Black Cadillac - SOLD

"Black Caddy"

6"x 6" Oil on gessoed board.

sold

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Finally taxes are off in the mail and I was able to finish this painting tonight. I started it Sunday after seeing this 1957 Cadillac at our local pizza shop. It was parked right in front of the patio that is painted a terracotta color. The red reflections along with the wonderful shape of the auto inspired be to shoot numerous photos from which to paint. My husband and I are never without our digital cameras and often come home from an outing to upload all our new treasures.

I wasn't sure how I would paint this image but just dove in with paint and brushes without thinking about it. I did try to keep the paint a little fluid and "brushy" without approaching photo realism. It is hard for me to see this painted too simplified though because I would think antique care enthusiasts would want to see all the parts and details well represented. Those details and reflections were the very things I wanted to paint! A note to all you landscape painters: the trees were the most difficult thing for me to paint in this piece. I'd better get outside and paint!

10 comments:

Debbie said...

Wow!! Marilyn, this is a very different subject for you, and you did an awesome job on it!!!

artbymj said...

This is amazing to me that it is just 6x6 - wow! And the amount of detail you did manage - so neat. I am not a car person, but these old cars have so much personality.

L.Holm said...

Marilyn, fantastic!! I'm in awe. Love the terra cotta reflections in the chrome. It gives this beauty even more of a vintage feel somehow. I'm also in awe that you painted this so quickly. beautiful work.

Rick Nilson said...

Nice and clean. It would really look good at any scale.

Edward Burton said...

This is an absolutely amazing job, Marilyn! Beautiful job with everything - especially the reflections! WOW! Great composition too.

Marilyn M. King said...

You are all so nice to leave comments! Thanks for all the encouraging words!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Whoa, this is fantastic! LOVE it!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Marilyn, this is really great! I love that you focused on the reflection. The composition is wonderful and I even love the understated trees.

PainterLee said...

How can you even care what the trees look like when this car is so gorgeous?!!! I had to search for the trees to see what you were talking about. This is stunning! I've never tried to paint chrome, and after seeing this, I think I'll leave it up to you! :)

Amanda Carder said...

Fabulous job!!! Your work really is breath taking! I love that your subject matter is across the board as bad as mine! Maybe I am not so crazy or at least I have company!! Lol

I hate I didn’t get to meet you too, but we will! Soon I hope, if I can slow down enough to have a life!!
I truly do love keeping up with your work! It’s wonderful and inspiring!!