Yesterday I was at a committee meeting for our upcoming YMCA/Rotary Charity Golf Tournament. A committee member asked, “What’s on the easel today?”
I replied, “A hood ornament from a ’56 Chevy.”
Their response was “Who on earth would buy that?”
This was one of those paintings that I just had to paint.
The creation of this type of work is very meditative for me. Much like my corkscrew paintings, train engines, and motorcycle paintings,
these pieces are as much about a quiet contemplative experience, as they are about the final painting.
This one started with a cool palette. I’ve also got a red one gestating. It will be interesting to compare the red experience with the blue one… but I digress…
Here’s the first statement, completed in one sitting.
It was a good start…
Here’s the second statement, also completed in one sitting. On first glance, it doesn’t look a lot different. But look again and the subtleties are starting to emerge. The spots of color on the ornament, the rounding of the hood. I love the place I go when I paint these. So quiet, peaceful and full of grace.
My early work was full of these types of paintings. I find it interesting that I’m returning here. It’s been a long time!
Here are a few samples from 2001 and before. The pics are bad… 4th generation but you get the idea…
Who’s going to buy my hood ornaments? I really don’t know. But the creation of them makes me a better person and for that I am grateful.