Antique Cars

Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.

-- John Ruskin --

In 2008, I had the pleasure to paint these commissioned portraits of three British Vintage cars. For me they represent refinement, quality and appreciation. Attributes which I value highly.
To embrace the essence of these values, I thought it would be appropriate to paint them with the technique of the Flemish Masters from the early 15th-17th century. The Seven Layer technique involves establishing a monochromatic underpainting and then, over several subsequent layers, gradually introducing color through the application of various translucent glazes to the canvas. This leaves the light established in the initial layers to shine through to create realism and deep color saturation. I thought this technique fitted well with the subject matter as it is synonymous with the highly technical engineering used to create the final product, of both the cars and the painting.

Green Riley (1938)

Oil on Canvas, 23″ x 16″, 2009

Green Riley (1938)


Red Lynx (1934)

Oil on Canvas, 23″ x 16″, 2009

Red Lynx (1934)


Green Talbot (1935)

Oil on Canvas, 23″ x 16″, 2009

Green Talbot (1935)

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