THE (driving) ARTIST IN ME……

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19 A Subaru (2)This is probably NOT what you expect an artist to look like, but…..

I love motorbikes, karting and driving very fast cars and am very lucky that I can combine my passion for these pursuits with my passion for drawing and painting these types of machinery.

For me, being able to access (and drive) racing and rally, etc., cars has built up a real understanding of these machines, which I can bring to my paintings and illustration.   It is true that I literally cut my teeth on cars and motorbikes thanks to my late father.   This early experience actually furthered my interest in all things mechanical – making my life, to-day, a really interesting and exciting one.

Soon, I shall post up details of my forthcoming motoring artwork exhibition in Rennes.

I hope you enjoy my motoring artwork and welcome any enquiries.   Thank you.

Theatre….in Red.

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As an Artist and driver, the Ferrari F 40 epitomises style that does not age!    It is an extraordinary concept, big, bold and theatrical both in design and performance………….

I have executed this motoring artwork in Artist’s Oils on primed, box-framed canvas, size 40cm x 50cm.   This work is original, signed and is available.   The proceeds will go to Medecins Sans Frontieres.  This painting, too will be on exhibition, soon, at a popular motorsport venue in Rennes, West. France.  More details to follow.

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MAN and MACHINE in action.

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I love motorbikes – and always have.   Futhermore, I loved my own bikes, rode them as fast as I dared, fell off, dusted myself off and immediately got back on again.   I suspect though, that a detailed x ray would show up some interesting cracks in my skeleton………..

This particular motoring artwork features the French Superbike Champion, Johann Zarco on the 2019 KTM.    This work has been executed in ink and pencil on A3 size paper.   For added effect, touches of red have been added to emphasise the work.  This is an original, signed artwork and will be exhibited (framed and mounted, under glass) at a motorsport venue in Rennes – of which, more anon.

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A BIG, BLACK, DRAMATIC, PORSCHE 911

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Every Artist knows that particular feeling that sometimes, you  HAVE to PAINT an item you have just seen!    It could be something that is in keeping with your style as an Artist or it may not, but paint it….you must.    And this is exactly what happened to me when I first encountered this beautiful machine.    You might ask why the rear view?  I’ll tell you -the front of this Porsche, although beautifully styled as are most Porsches, didn’t have (to me) the “kerb” appeal of the rear!   The drama of those huge wheel arches, housing these amazingly wide tyres and the spoiler under the elegant rear window, make this truly an iconic machine – bred for racing!

This work has been executed on primed, box-framed canvas, size 40cm x 50cm.   It is an original, signed artwork and will be for sale shortly in a venue in Rennes: more anon.  The profits from the sale of this and other motoring artworks at this exhibition are for Medecins Sans Frontieres.     I hope you enjoy this work.BB Porsche

 

The Artist and the Commission.

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This (motoring) artwork has been requested by our local Sapeurs Pompiers – Fire Brigade to you and I. This engine had recently been delivered to the Fire Station at Ercé en Lamée (my home village)  where is is based.    The work itself is 70cm x 50cm in size.

The work has been painted in Artist’s Oils on primed, box canvas and satin glazed for protection.

This is not the usual sort of work that people ask of me, but, I didn’t hesitate to do it.   Artists often are requested for work that is a little out of the ordinary, but if it fits in with the overall context of your work, why not?

If you have any queries about my motoring etc., artwork, commissions, Free,  Open                                                   Days & Art Demonstrations  etc.,  please contact me at:-                                                                           E-MAIL:-   art2cherish@orange.fr

SPEED (in artwork) is not always of the essence…….

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Sébastion Loeb and his Citroen WRC.

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As an Artist – I tend to work quite slowly, irrespective of whether it is an ink and pencil motoring artwork – as above, or a watercolour, or an acrylic or (of real necessity) an oil painting.

To me, rushed artwork , always looks rushed and I can usually spot  where an Artist has omitted to take care over their work.  This is a particularly difficult aspect of being and Artist, as all too often they allow themselves to be pressured into producing (yesterday……) a promised artwork/s – something I have learned NEVER to do.

This A3 size motoring artwork features the great French Rally Driver, Sébastian Loeb, doyen of French (and other nationalities’) rally fans.   The Citroen has been illustrated in ink (light fast and waterproof ) on 240 gsm Canson paper with pencil effects added  in to create the inevitable dust – that is part and parcel of any rallycross event……

This artwork, along with  others, in a similar genre,  will be exhibited in Rennes, in 2019 – details to follow.   And all the profits will to go to Médecins Sans Frontieres.

If you have a query about this artwork or indeed any of the motoring artworks shown on this web-site, or about my FREE Open Days for Artists, please do not hesitate to contact me at:- art2cherish@orange.fr.   Thank you for reading this and I look forward to hearing from you.

LEGENDS in the world of Rally Driving. Michele Mouton & Fabrizia Pons and …..that – Audi Quattro Group B car……

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Original, signed tribute oil painting, 70cm x 50cm, featuring Michele Mouton and her co-driver, Fabrizia Pons – and the awe-inspiring Audi Quattro.   This artwork is painted in Artists’ oils on primed, box canvas.   It is on view in my Art Studio.     Motoring artwork commissions undertaken:         Free Open Days for Artists:   Please enquire for details:-   E-mail address:-   art2cherish@orange.fr

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A joy to drive. Subaru W.R.C. Illustrated in watercolour on paper.

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Subaru  Impreza WRC.   Not exactly for road use – but fantastic on the circuit and on gravel…  Watercolour on paper size A4.   In a Private Collection.

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Blue Subaru WRC. Watercolour on paper.

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If you have never  driven one of these Subaru Imprezas- you don’t know what you have missed…… Watercolour on paper size A4.     In a Private Collection.Ver 0.30N

Have you a Theme for your artwork?

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cayman c (3)It is a sad fact that many artists spend years, floundering around in a sea of unrelated things to draw and paint – desperately trying out this and that, leaving their studio awash and cluttered with uninteresting and possibly unfinished work.

Some people, never get to grips with this quandry and equally never get around to deciding on a Theme for their art: the end result is predictable.

Whilst receiving a first class training in Ireland as an Artist, any mention of this business-like approach was carefully avoided, so many of us left College, yes, undeniably  competent artists, but totally lacking in how to funnel our artistic abilities to our (and our Clients’) benefit.   I was fortunate that, with a back-ground and involvement in motor-sport, motoring artwork would become my Theme choice.   I am privileged too, that from time to time, I have the opportunity to drive some of these wonderful machines – such as the racing Porsche Cayman above – which certainly helps enhance my knowledge (and enjoyment) of my chosen subject!

Thank you for reading this and if you have any queries, please feel free to contact me.

N.B. Please remember to keep a look-out for information on my popular and F R E E Open Days for Artists – of all abilities – where I hold demonstrations in drawing and painting, in my Art Studio, close to Rennes, Brittany.    Early booking is advised as places are strictly limited.           Wishing you a very Happy, Prosperous, Healthy and Safe, 2019.

If you would like to know more about my motoring artwork, open days, etc., etc., please e-mail me at:-  art2cherish@orange.fr.    Many thanks.

 

 

Impactful Art. Stage No. 1.

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Making an artwork work i.e artwork that creates an impact does NOT have to be in full colour.    In this particular motoring artwork, the subjects are the well-known French Rally Driver – Sébastien Loeb , seen below- executed in soft pencil and one of the cars he drives – a Citroen – which I have illustrated (see the forthcoming Stage 11) in ink.

What is very important though, is the positioning of the subject or subjects, as in this instance.   People (and animals) naturally dominate an artwork, mainly because we become engaged with their eyes.   It is important, therefore, that this feature does not  end up as the dominant force, because then other parts of the painting, a car in this case, will end up by being “swallowed” by the power of the portrait part of the artwork.

This particular motoring artwork has been illustrated, using only pencil and fine liner black pen, on #Canson paper.    Stage 111 ( the final artwork ) will show a modicum of colour – coloured pencil as a defining point to this artwork.    Please enjoy and I welcome you to my Art Class (free) on the 6th November, where you learn how to draw and paint your own personal Christmas cards and where enjoyment is absolutely guaranteed………..S L head.jpg

Speed is possible in watercolours….

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One of the problems, if you like of painting int watercolours, is the realization of the action of a subject.    This is not too difficult to achieve in oils nor in acrylics, but it has to be handled with deliberate attention when using watercolours.    This is really the case where less is best.   You will note that under and at the rear of the right hand rear wheel and under and at the right hand side of the left hand front wheel – I have not painted any colour at all.   This is to represent the dust thrown up by the momentum of the fast moving car.      The shadow surrounding the car,  is broken up too, in order to accent the feeling of movement.  Keeping the background blurred is another way to improve the sense of movement.  Please enjoy these two motoring artworks.painting porsche.jpg

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Sometimes colour doesn’t do the job…..

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As someone who really enjoys drawing, there are times when a drawing on its’ own makes the statement you intend.    In this instance, when I looked at the pencil sketch of this glorious Auto Union, I felt that to execute it in colour would somehow diminish the effect I wanted.   Instead, I completed the work using a Staedler Pigment liner, 0.05 fine line drawing pen on Canson 300gsm paper.   This ink is, importantly, water resistant.

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