Whenever I see an old vehicle permanently parked exactly where it may have stopped running, I think about how it was likely once someone's pride and joy. I could easily have a pasture filled with all my old vehicles, because I irrationally think of cars as human. When I was a youngster my family would drive a car for years and years. We would finally trade one in and I would cry as we drove away in the new car. All of this loyalty is nonsensical, of course..(but I know that I am not the only one who is sappy about cars--witness all the beautiful old immobile vehicles next to structures all over the place. Some people just can not bear to send their old pal to the junkyard).
Okay, so lets talk about how I painted this over an old painting. The original painting is pretty comical. I painted it from life at Hipbone studio a couple of years ago. In case you need an explanation, it is a painting of a seated nude from the back. I knew right away after I painted it that it very much resembled a pork chop.
1. The first thing to do is turn the original (bad) painting upside down (which is even more pork-choppier). With the original painting upside down you won't get too caught up in the existing shapes.
2. I loosely draw in major shapes with dark purple-y paint.
3. Background shapes are next and I try to link things together.
4. I put the "most obvious" color in first (the headlights and center of the hood)
5. I use big chunks of color to describe the various planes on the truck.
6. Wait. Is that a hill or a big pork chop in the distance?
7. Final painting: Celeste Bergin, 1941 Dodge Pick up, Oil on stretched canvas 12x12