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1972 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 M22

"1972 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 M22, 24"x36"1.5", acrylic on canvas, by Shan Fannin. UVA sealed, finished sides, wired, ready to hang. 2020

How beautiful is this blue? As we are all experiencing quarantine, going to car shows and events has completely stopped for me. Thankfully, I ran across an auto collector that takes wonderful photos. He and I bartered to allow me to use the photo of his car that was going off to Mecum auction. 


I wanted to paint this one in particular because of the wonderful blue body. I used about 12 different colors to bring the bodywork to life (greens, blues, and purples). This angle was particularly challenging. Foreshortening and giving the illusion that an image is going away from you is quite tough on a 2D surface. I believe challenging ourselves is the best way for us to learn. This one definitely did it for me.


Thank you to C. for allowing me to use this photo as reference. 


This painting is available through Abend Gallery. It comes with a Letter of Authenticity and soft portfolio book. Please email me at with inquiries.  

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