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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!