Sunday, November 28, 2010

Visiable Gas Pumps

I remember going to Colorado as a child in the late 1940's and driving into a gas station with these visible gas pumps. I loved watching the gas being filled into the cylinder by manually pumping the side handle. The glass tanks held 10 gallons and cost 0.21 cents a gallon. Once the glass cylinder was filled, gravity fed the fuel from the pump to your car. We've come a long way from the "good old days".
6x8 oil on canvas board

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Yellow Cab

I've always thought that Yellow Cabs were adorable and when I found this photo reference I just had to paint its portrait. This one is especially cute because of the grill, the chrome bumper and the running boards.
6x8 oil on board

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Camping Tents

I thought it would be fun to paint the same subject several times so I chose camping tents. I came up with the tent idea when I watched Oprah and her friend Gayle go camping in Yosemite on TV the other day. Of course, their pop up tent was much more glamorous than these, but I like the color that a canvas tent has to offer when the sunlight hits it
Here are three 6x8 oil paintings of camping tents

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Old Gas Pumps

I love the look of these two gas pumps, still standing tall at the curb, where they had once been a convenience to drivers years ago. The pumps of today are faster and sleeker but these pumps had a certain friendly sound, as they did their job, that can never, in my mind be replaced.
6x8 oil on board

Monday, November 1, 2010

Babe and Farmer Hoggett

I love painting portraits of people and animals. When I ran across a publicity photo from the movie Babe, with the farmer and his prize pig, I went right to work capturing their images. I think Farmer Hoggett ( is there a pun there?) who was played by James Cromwell is a very handsome man and Babe, well what more do I have to say, but adorable!
6x8 oil on canvas board sold