Old photos of cars in shops or garages like the one Jay posted a week or so ago have always intrigued me. The way the light plays on the cars and the floor and the ceiling and the people working or posing for the camera. I blatantly copied this one 8 years ago from a photo in the AACA magazine in 1983. This was before I worried much about original work and right to copy. I talked to the people at AACA and they were very pleased and said they had no problem with me showing it. It is acrylic on canvas and while not Fords it has some of the flavor the old T shop pictures do.
I should mention that I paint just for fun and am not selling paintings or doing pictures of other peoples cars as it takes much longer than any of them would reasonably sell for. You hear about starving artists. I eat quite well because I had a regular job and could make more in a day than I could in 2 or 3 weeks painting. Some of us couldn't make much money restoring Model T's either.
Thought this might be fun for some of you to see.
The touring on the right is a 1906 or 07 Model F Buick 2-cyl.
That's a great scene. I can relate to the slow work. In my youth I did some pretty good pastels, but it became obvious that I was far too slow to ever do it for money.
I just gotta say it. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
Really beautiful, Richard. Thank You.
That light yellow Buick Roadster is an 11 or 1912 with early front fenders with incorrect aprons and no rods on the windshield which would let it fall down. The Roadster also has black tires and the man who painted it did a sort of Norman Rockwell paste up of a lot of things. Very good details on the Weston and Mott rear axle but I believe that an 05 Buick would have inboard brakes as my 1906 Moline has. Well done and good draftsmanship but not accurate. He signed it in 05. Is that 1905 or 2005 ? Richard Eagles copied it from a 1983 magazine. Very well done, interesting but confusing.
Thank you for the comments Frank. I have a 1907 Buick Model G that uses the same chassis as the "F" in the picture. The rear end is a WM just like your Moline with drums at the center with internal gears in them for the differential only later (maybe 1907) they move the brakes outward and added drums for them. Perhaps because they were getting differential oil on them.
I tried to identify the yellow roadster from my Buick books but could not find one like it. Model K or S is as close as I could find. It may be something other than Buick. It is always a challenge to work from fuzzy old black and white photos and try to guess what the colors should be.
Thank you all for your comments.
Very well done Rich.
Richard, here is our 1912 Model 36 roadster with black and brass Corcoran lamps. We paid $500 for it in 1958 . . . times have changed due to political monkey business in Washington D.C.
Beautiful car Frank. I wish I had had a photo of it when I did my painting. I'm thinking they removed the windshield support rods to do their engine work. Looks like from the tops of cars on the other side of the hedge that you travel with some later iron like I do.
I studied illustration at the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles in the early 1950's on a FOMOCO scholarship program. Larry Shinoda of Corvette fame was one of my buddies. Today it is called the Pasadena School of Design. Where did you study ?
Frank, I took some classes at Idaho State University in the 60's but have mainly just played around with art on my own. My daughter went to Otis Collage of Art and Design in LA and my wife grew up in Pasadena so I know that area. I sure miss the Eastwoods, Dave Rice and so many of the old HCCA crowd from there. You must have done some touring with them.
Richard, I used a magnifying glass on the puter screen and I can see the grain of your leather belt is a little....
Just kidding. I really like your paintings. The light really works well and captures the mood. Love the detail and overall effect. Thanks again. When/where will your gallery show be?
Richard, Yes and Peter Still puts on the Holiday Motor Excursion. Dave Rice was a printer and owned Rabbit Printing. He was an Advisor at Trade Tech College where I was a Dean there in the late 70's. When ever Dave Rice put on a tour he made fake money and we had to buy and sell chances to progress on the tour, lots of fun. I copy him to this day and I always issue Frank notes on my tours. I make an illustration that looks like the Eiffel Tower but I call it the Tragic Pile and it is made out of old car parts. Then I print bank notes with my picture on one side and the Tragic Pile on the other side to hand out and folks have to buy and sell stuff with the fake money in order to progress on the tour. Life is fun and then you die . . .
Thanks Erich. No shows for a while. I have shown nearly all of the stuff that turned out, on the Forum already.
Frank, sounds like you are carrying on the tradition well. Dave was always fun when he came to Idaho to tour.
Fantastic work Richard. Anytime you want to do a mural, just phone me up! I've always thought it would be great fun to have a "scale" mural on the shop wall, you know, like looking into the past.
Great eye for detail, how big is the overall painting, l'm just trying to work out how much you'll charge me for shipping it down under ??? L.O.L.
David, it is 30" x 24" but it is very happy on our living room wall. Happy Easter down under.