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.
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.
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:- firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks.
I like to use my camera(s) to record events that I am involved in. At my leisure, later on, I can download the photographs and make a drawing or painting of the particular project. Here, I am enjoying a drive in a Peugeot WRX – courtesy of the popular Conduire @ Loheac.fr in Brittany. Luckily for me, the weather was good – which added to my enjoyment.
I mentioned cameras as I use a combination of a Fuji Finepix, a mobile phone camera and a Go Pro to record whatever I want. And |I take lots of photographs too, as even minute differences in positioning, light and so forth, can make huge changes to what I actually require as an artwork.
Because I work directly onto paper/canvas, I need a good quality reproduction, i.e. photo so that my artwork can be reasonably accurate. And although I can make a lot of adjustments via the computor to any photograph, if it is not clear, or too dark, or too bright, the artwork will suffer! My cameras are not new, nor particularly expensive and I know their foibles…..as well as my own limitations as a photographer………
This is the copy of a Birthday Card for some-one who rides his bike in all weathers!
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:- email@example.com
Preparation sketch of a work in progress. Pencil on paper. A5 size.I am on of those artists who like to draw the initial sketch of my artwork, directly onto the paper, board, or canvas. Then, gradually I build up the artwork in the finishing medium, watercolour, ink, acrylic or oils as I deem fit for that particular artwork. However, it is vital that the original illustration is technically perfect, otherwise, I will end up with a work that isn’t totally correct. This vehicle, incidentally was designed by the late Carrol Shelby, whose summary of this amazing iconic, 5.5 litre sportscar, was – “there ain’t no substitution for cubic inches”…..and he was right.
Pretty and much desired this Mercedez is a lovely car for summer driving. Ink and watercolour (line and wash) on paper. Now in a Private Collection.
UGHHHHHH……Driving a a very fast Subaru Impreza Rally Car on a high speed and extremely slippy WRX circuit is, as I well know…….challenging!!!. But actually, it isn’t quite as challenging, as when I was driving our Fiat Racing car on a Track-day event, just as I was setting up the car for a fast left-hand bend – a truly ENORMOUS BLACK SPIDER scuttled up my right arm and across my hand…………………….!!!!
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.