Old Ford, 6x6" oil/gessoed panel, ©Diane Mannion
OLD FORD, NEW YEAR
Quick experiment with values and movement. Pushed darks and lights. Blurred edges for movement. Limited color for the nostalgic effect of an old photo or memory. Even though this is a '52 Ford, I once had a '56, so there's lots of memories and emotional connections.
Difficult part of this exercise was painting from photo reference and fighting camera distortions. I attempted to give an impression of the car as both seen and remembered. Squinted a lot and tried not to "illustrate" details.
Used limited palette of red iron oxide, ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, and white. First time painting on Jack Richeson gessoed hardboard... mid-tone grey. Nice!
First stage, pushed paint around and removed it with scrubby brushes, oms, and paper towels. The values at this stage are darks to mid-value because of the gray mid-toned panel.
Took this photo reference at the Y, easy to see how distorted the camera perspective is.
This painting is also the first of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge... my fifth time. Haven't decided on a theme... just paint, paint, paint and EXPERIMENT!
WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!