Since I was a little girl I have had a fondness for old cars, this also shows in my paintings and toy collection.
Playing Chicken, 9" x 12" , oil painted on linen.
I was told these cars are game pieces that go to a 1930's board game, I have yet to find out which game in my research. Setting the stage with wood blocks, I so enjoyed how the color bounced off the noses of the cars onto each other. This painting will be available at the Elliott Fouts Gallery in February as part of a special two person show.
Traffic, 12" x 16 ", oil painted on linen.
Also to be part of the February show at the Elliott Fouts Gallery. After painting Playing Chicken I wanted to keep going with the idea using the straight forward block stage. I really liked the straight design of it. The simple act of stopping at a stop sign is something we all have done so many times in our lifetimes. After painting it I realized it reminded me of Edward Hopper. Although I can't think of one particular painting of his as my inspiration, I can imagine these cars in real life sitting outside the many diners he painted.
The cars in Traffic are molded plastic from the 1950's. Part of a larger car carrier truck toy. I have used them before in another painting:
Hot Rod Hop, 18" x 24", oil on linen.
Available at the Elliott Fouts Gallery. I had so much fun playing, setting up this composition.
The car jumping through the air is a 1958 Fisher Price Sports Car pull toy.
The challenge I really enjoyed on this painting was painting a black object on a dark background. I have attached a detail: