Dead Cars

August 14, 2017

One of my favorite artists, James Gurney, occasionally does plein air challenges. The grand prize is usually one of his books or DVDs, but mostly it's just fun. A couple months ago, he issued a "Dead Vehicle" challenge. The rules were that it had to be painted on location, and of a vehicle that is no longer in working order. Conveniently, the challenge came with two days left in a contract I was working in Connecticut. This was convenient because the shop I was working at is right next to a mechanics shop with several dead cars out in the lot! 

 

 So, I went back after work and planted myself in some weeds (looking out for poison ivy!) to get the best view of these two very dead cars. I was spotted by a couple of the guys at the shop, who were super interested in what I was doing and told me a bit about the cars! I mentioned I'd probably be back the next day to sketch some more. 

 

 

I got to work early the next day to have time for a morning sketch, and painted this gutted VW bus. (such a great color! One of the guys swore to me it'll one day run again!)

 

When I was picking my morning vehicle, one of the guys came out of the garage and mentioned if I wanted anything pulled out so it was easier to see, they could accomodate! I responded if the jeep just HAPPENED to be pulled out and put in the weeds, I would get to it that evening after work. They obliged (really, they're the best!) so I did my final sketch that evening. It was my favorite, and the one I submitted. I didn't win anything, but I had a ton of fun with these! You can view the winning entries here.

 

Hoping to have time for the storefront challenge this month!

 

 

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