Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Artistic License

Versus a motorcycle license that is. My pal Mark asked for another painting of a motorcycle he owns. He specifically wanted the stone mountain in the background but not the pedestrian sign. He left everything else up to me.

Although he wanted it on the same square format as his first painting, I could not do it justice so I painted on a portrait format. I moved the bike over to the left a little and had to make up some parts of the painting that I didn't see or were in the way. We'll see what he thinks of it when he gets back from his road trip from Texas to Arkansas.









20x16 oil on canvas

46 comments:

Gwen Bell said...

Wow! This is so dynamic, Shelia. Love your bold lines!

Linda said...

Mark is going to love this painting of his motorcycle! You improved the composition from the photo. I like your brush strokes and the vivid color. Good job, Sheila!

Kathy said...

This is a great interpretation of the scene! I like the liveliness you impart to it with your brushwork and vibrant color. I also like the fact that you incorporated the "blockiness" of the outcrop into the structure of the motorcycle. Great work!!

Lori Bonanni said...

Great job on this - I love the looseness and brushstrokes and perfect composition too! This is a winner!

Pat Koscienski said...

Sheila, your choice for a vertical format sure was good...no way would you have done justice to this scene in a square format. Love the energy that your are getting in your paintings.

r garriott said...

Aren't you something! Definitely road worthy. Nice job, Sheila!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

This is awesome Sheila! He should love it. Great work!

Barb Hillier said...

Fantastic painting - love this style of yours!

Cathyann said...

You go girl...this is spectacular! get your motor running...makes me think of Born to be Wild.

David Larson Evans said...

It has a great feel to it.

Pam Holnback said...

I think he'll love it. I really the the bold shadow.

-Don said...

Great job! I especially like your color choices.

-Don

Sheila E. said...

So Cool! love that you did choose a portrait format, it would have been difficult to get the great perspective of the rocks. Love the colors and mood, you can feel the sense of freedom a motorcyclist can have. Nice! He's gonna love it!

Ann Gorbett said...

Sheila this is AWESOME. He must love it.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Wonderful strong painting. Everything in the painting exudes strength and power...the rock, the bike, the strong colors. It all really works. The owner will love it.

LindaHunt said...

Shelia,
I am drawn to this painting. Strong composition, vibrant and energetic brushstokes of color! The sky is great!

Jo Castillo said...

This is wonderful.

Nicki said...

Your friend has GOT to be happy with this one! Vibrant and dynamic... lots of energy and it makes me happy to look at it. Well done!

Nicki

Suzanne said...

i think mark will like it -- i certainly do

Elizabeth Chapman said...

oh, I LOVE this!!

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh Sheila! Your work is just always so phenomenal and so bold. They always take my breath away...from glamor girl to motorcycle to cafes...each is a delight.

Michelle said...

Well done, Sheila! I always love your bold brushstrokes and cool undertones.

Mark Sheeky said...

What lines and colours! You're a van gogh... with sanity! I like that photo too. I'm toying with stealing parts of it :)

Douglas Hoover said...

Vibrant, dynamic, full of energy... love it, Sheila! You're really working that paintbrush :)

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Finally new work, I was wondering what happened to you, glad you're back. He'll love it! I love the blue shaddow and as always your tres exciting brushwork.

suzanneberry said...

beautifully done! your growth is astounding. have i said that before? Wow!

Dana Cooper said...

Fantastic Sheila, your unique style is shining through...he's going to love it!!!

Celeste Bergin said...

no fear! I love this

sam said...

Well done Sheila, couldnt agree with you more about the composition, need that extra height to gett he rock in behind. Im sure hew will be delighted.

James Parker said...

Very powerful, Sheila...vibrant colors. I thought it was kinda weird to see a pedestrian sign in that location anyway...go figure. Good to see ya back, and Marilyn just plain glows!!!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

I am sure he will be pleased, Sheila. Love your brushwork!

Dean Grey said...

Sheila!

The original reference photo is amazing! That in and of itself is a work of art.

Your interpretation is much looser and free-flowing. The blues in the sky and shadows are lovely!

-Dean

Abby Creek Art said...

Nice work!...and beautiful color combination. I love the way you did the rocks and sky.

Edward Burton said...

Nice job, Sheila! It does look a lot better with the motorcycle moved over a little bit.

Paco The Pug said...

Oh, my God, Sheila, this is AWESOME. How could he not love it? Beautiful brushwork, too!

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Sheila, I think your interpretation of the photo is right on and the changes you have made really show the strides you are making of not just copying your subject. This is really an energetic painting and so perfectly captures the subject. Great job! Love it!

Anne Marie Propst said...

Wow is right. This is just plain inspiring!

Julie Hill said...

Sheila...great job...I bet it looks even more fabulous in person with that size. Happy painting to you!

Eva said...

What a great painting! I love the chunky paint and vivid colors. A real guy pleaser!

Spiritartartist said...

AWESOME!

Gary Keimig said...

definitely that Sheila look. I'm betting he will like it very much.

Mary Paquet said...

Surely he will be wowed by this piece, Sheila. I was once given an artistic license in a workshop and I use it frequently!

Also, your final shadow on the bridge is perfect. I am learning about neutralizing colors this week from Stephen Quiller. You did it nicely.

Mary Anne Cary said...

Nice job, love the colors! Very alive!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Well done Sheila. I love the way you lay down paint. You made some great decisions that work best for this composition. I am sure he was delighted.

Paula Cravens said...

Sheila, who knew you were hiding a biker chick soul! This is cool!

Gary Heller said...

Really fine work as always. My favorite bike too. Looks like the BMW R 1200 GS adventure, one of the best bikes ever.
Great work, Sheila