Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Looks fast standing still

I felt very honored when a former co-worker of mine asked me to paint his "baby". He had seen my Vespa painting and thought it would be cool to have that style depict his motorcycle which he loves to ride all over the country.

He was a motorcycle cop when he was in traffic and this is probably a lot more comfortable and easier to maneuver than the loaded down Harley he rode.







12x12 oil on gallery wrapped canvas

32 comments:

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Very nice, Sheila! You did such a good job getting it to look metallic with the reflections in the paint. He will love it!

AutumnLeaves said...

Sheila, this is such a wonderful painting! I love the background and I am in awe of the detailing you've achieved and with a minimum of brush strokes! Wish I lived near you; I'd beg for a lesson or three! 'Course, I'd beg for a lesson or three from any and all of the artists I love to follow! LOL

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Oh, nice job, Sheila! What a compliment to you that he wanted you to paint it.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Very cool painting! I love your use of primary colors. It makes everything so edgy and exciting. He will love this piece. You know so many interesting people. I guess that comes from having a varied and interesting life!

Manon Doyle said...

WOW! Sheila!! This bike is stunning!! I love your composition and the colors you've chosen!! Fantastic!!

Lauren Maurer said...

I love your brushwork- it gives so much to your paintings! I love how this one cme out! I bet he's one happy man!

Gwen Bell said...

Really nice job, Shelia! Your strong, confident strokes really work here and I love the way you've split the canvas with that arc. Beautiful composition! I know your friend must love it!

Elizabeth Chapman said...

Sheila,
This is an awesome painting! Great job!! I see you as being a very versatile painter as well- I'm always amazed at the new work I see you doing. Keep painting, my friend!! Baby Penelope is doing great!!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

This is an amazing piece one of your best.
What a hard subject and how well you did it.
I am sure that he is soooooooo happy.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

I also love the way you painted the negative spaces with big bold strokes.
Great Sheila!

Mark Sheeky said...

Wow cool! I once thought that a bike is that hardest thing to paint. All those circles! The loose style makes it a lot easier.

Michelle said...

Well done, Sheila...love that racy red! And congrats on the commission.

dominique eichi said...

Wow, fabulous bike Sheila. It does scream speed !

Ellen said...

What a wonderful painting! I like the angle...not too stif looking, but with a bit of movement. Great job Sheila!

Dean H. said...

Great job, Sheila! It sure does look fast. Those are cool reflections!

Krista Hasson said...

Sheila, I am sure he will be thrilled. I really like your use of brush strokes, very interesting.

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

Nice bike. You did a great job with the painting. I use to own a Harley but sold it. Made me too nervous on the highway.

suzanneberry said...

Beautiful job Sheila!!! I love this. I love your color and application. Hugs.

Jo Castillo said...

This piece is great. Nice commission. Strong shapes and color showing movement. Very cool, uh hot!

Mary Paquet said...

Sheila, congratulations. Your commissions continue. Such an honor to be asked to paint a subject so dear to your friend's heart. I love the use of the strong colors -- very exciting!

Cannery Painters said...

Another wonderful bike painting Sheila, your friend will love it!

Sheila E. said...

Great Job! I love how you did the curves in the bike and the perspective looks really well done. So happy for you!

-Don said...

Sheila, you did a nice job of creating a complex image using such simple strokes. I always find the subtle nuances in red to be one of the hardest things to paint - you nailed it.
-Don

Marie Theron said...

This could become your main theme, Sheila. I can remember previuos paintings in this line. I think you make an inanimate object seem lively. Thanks for the visit (last night, while we were sleeping in this half of the globe)!

Celeste Bergin said...

You did a perfect job of this! You should be very pleased with the outcome. Your attention to detail really paid off! BRAVO!

Art with Liz said...

This is superb Sheila - he must absolutely love it!

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Happy blogging! :)

L.Holm said...

It's great, Sheila! Fun colors and comp. He must love it.

Jane Hunt said...

Sheila - this really caught my eye! Just beautiful!!

Glad the painting arrived safely :)

Edward Burton said...

Very cool, Sheila - well done!

Hellenne said...

Sheila, this is such a nice painting! Keep it up girl. Is listening to the CDs working?

Dean Grey said...

Super cool, Sheila! I love those bright colors!

And yes, it definitely looks fast standing still!

-Dean