Thursday, November 19, 2009

Not Cold Cut...Caldecutt Tunnel

This is bore #3 of the Caldecutt Tunnel in Oakland. This is based on a shot I took from my cell phone when heading west toward Oakland from my part of the East Bay. The orange glow is from the Sodium Vapor lamps used inside the white tile tunnel.

I think this is the bore that George Lucas used in a chase scene in his first feature film THX 1138.

I was imagining I was about to drive into the mouth of a giant monkfish. Okay.... so I need to cut back on watching Discovery Channel.

12x24 oil on canvas

23 comments:

Kathy said...

Wow, Sheila - you transformed it! I like this interpretation a lot. It looks kind of futuristic, like there's a forbidding landscape and this is the portal to another world. Way to go!

AutumnLeaves said...

Wow, Sheila! You have totally captured the movement of the car in this piece. I love how the tunnel is lit from within and from without. Is it lit by headlights as you approach on the outside? Or are there lights illuminating the frontspiece? Either way, you've nailed perspective beautifully as well. What an amazing job!

Manon Doyle said...

Cool painting Sheila! I like the light radiating from the tunnel!
Have a great day girlfriend!!

Lauren Maurer said...

I love your palette- I love the coolness and then how the tunnel pulls you in with it's warm colors! =)

Hellenne Vermillion said...

Cool! Cool! I LOVE THX 1138!!!! Can't believe that tunnel is near you. Must go see it when I visit you! Oh wait, we've got Paris first.
The colors make this work magical.

Charlene Brown said...

Don't cut back on anything, Sheila -- including all your great colour combinations. This is a wonderfully mysterious image, beautifully painted.

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Hi Sheila, this has such a mysterious futuristic feel to it. The tunnel seems like portal to another dimension! Nicely done.

Hellenne Vermillion said...

Wikipedia says it's the tunnel that was used in THX 1138.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Great night scene. Night scenes are so difficult to do. Something about the way our eyes see color or the "lack of" at night. We wouldn't be artists if our imaginations didn't take over now and again! And how great is that!

Jo Castillo said...

Very nicely done, I love the colors and perspective.

Barb Hillier said...

I live right beside a tunnel like this but it goes under a river and gives me the creeps every time I go through. Great composition and beautifully painted!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

I like your analogy of the monkfish, I get the same feeling...great light inside the tunnel!

-Don said...

Sheila, Great composition with excellent color. I especially like the variations on your brushwork. Not only do the shapes and colors draw our eyes into the portal, but the brushstrokes do as well. And the brushstrokes inside the portal keep my eyes there stepping into the curve trying to figure out what's around the bend. Very nice, indeed. -Don

Art with Liz said...

Ok, now I have in my mind's eye, this huge monkfish! Great painting Sheila and I've had to go back because of computer failure - love the tractor!

Elizabeth Chapman said...

Sheila,
I am drawn right into it the glow! Love the dynamic composition- Keep painting!!

Celeste Bergin said...

I like how it feels as if we are all going to be swallowed! Do we dare speed toward this?? Too late! Committed! Nicely done..(but... it also does make me think a little of Princess Diana.....(: !)

artbyakiko said...

Great composition and colors! I sure do feel like being sucked into that orange mouth.

Edward Burton said...

Very cool, Sheila! Love the glow.

r garriott said...

VERY COOL!!!!

Manon Doyle said...

Sheila.... you, my friend, also inspire me!! You're always pushing yourself to try something and I truly admire that!! Happy Thanksgiving girlfriend!! xo

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

Awesome. Not too many people remember that movie with Robert Duvall. Interesting view.

Lokelani Forrest said...

I know Caldecutt Tunnel. Used to live in Concord, Contra Costa County and had to take that route many a time. You did a great job on this.

Michelle said...

Love the wonderful contrast of dark and light!