1959 Cadillac El Dorado
“1959 Cadillac El Dorado”, 24″x36″x1.5″, acylic/ink blocks, 2016.
Oh, how I LOVE painting chrome. This lovely lady was photographed along with my 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air at the Mechum Auction in Austin. Photographing vehicles under bright lights in a well lit building is a real challenge. However, this does pose a chance to push myself in different areas creatively.
Growing up, my father always drove a Cadillac. Many Cadillac Seville and Sevan de Ville were part of our family during the 1970s-1980s. Even to this day, my father owns a utilitarian truck as his daily driver, but has a Cadillac Seville for his luxury weekend drives.
When it comes to Cadillac, I’m a fan of the 1940s-1950s models. So much chrome to take in. I’m drawn into their radiated reflections and could get completely lost in them. This 1959 beauty grabbed me with her light blue/blueberry body, tail lights that go forever, and the mesmerizing chrome. I knew she would make a great painting one day. I’m very happy with how she turned out.
Colors used: Prussian Blue, Light Blue Violet, Dioxazine Purple, Naples Yellow, Unbleached/Titanium/Zinc White, Ghost Gum, Raw Umber, Alizarin/Napthol/Cadmium Reds, Carbon/Payne’s Gray, Terre Verte/Viridian Green, and Burnt Sienna.