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03-13-2014, 11:06 PM
All images 2014 by artist, all rights reserved


step 1-create BW phot to project on to canvas with ancient Artograph.
canvas 16x20 was a recycle, lightly sanded'
drawn on surface with willow stick
choose any midtone paint for first outlines
cad yellow light is nice
almost like paint by number:lol:


step 2-decide on colors
I thought pastel colors for kid's bikes
factory colors are boring
I always paint up to down, left to right


first coat of color for all 3 bikes done
decided that background was not suitable
so laid on some colors
I love orange


BG painted
darker color area made Pink seem brighter
variety keeps feeling of action
wind zipping past handle bars also for action
made adjustments and corrections
(yes, I always have to make corrections)

working with wet oil paints sure makes it easier to blend and correct problems
entire process took 2 hours
and 5 years of practice
actually, this took longer to take the phots
edit them in PSE8
and sell the owner on the concept


this was the original photo of bikes on display box.

hope this helped you see how I created this from original photos,


final Photoshopped image


Actual final painting, oil on canvas, 16x20 "Flying Bikes"
All images 2014 by artist, all rights reserved



03-13-2014, 11:25 PM
Thanks greggo, those steps are very helpful to see something with a certain beauty be created.

From the title, in the old days, I would have expected to see drop bars and flashy wire wheels sailing through the air over the mountains.

Really like your color choices.


03-13-2014, 11:29 PM
Very cool. ...fun to see the steps...outcome...perfect..colors really speak to you!

03-13-2014, 11:55 PM
Very good, thanks for the step by step. Love the outcome!

03-14-2014, 12:46 AM
trier-- tanxsomuchly!

03-14-2014, 12:48 AM
abbs= tanxagin! I do love colorful thangs

03-14-2014, 12:51 AM
Dave >> thanxsooooomuch!

unlike your wuunerful pure abstracts, I work better from a concrete subject, then melt the stone.

I want to paint the laughter of the kids, not the bikes.

Ishka Baha
03-14-2014, 05:24 AM
Mum and daughter walk into the bike shop.
"Which one would you like?"
The child looks round.
"The pale pink one please."
The mother's eyes scour the shop.
"Dear, they don't have any pale pink one's," she exclaims.
"Yes, Mum, there is up there."
"Darling, that is a painting."
"I know Mum."
It is wrapped and packed.
She is flying high.

Lucky bike shop to have your originals.

03-14-2014, 09:05 AM
Nikkititi-from your lips to theirs!
and I'll be offering prints for sale of the original paintings.
matted and wrapped.


03-14-2014, 09:26 AM
Why do the heathens rage behind the Firehouse?

03-14-2014, 10:22 AM
Nice, Greggo! Love the colors you chose, and such a good composition, too. Also interesting to see the steps you made.

Katie Black
03-14-2014, 03:19 PM
That was fun!...I always enjoy seeing the process, really nicely done.

Hairy wolf
03-14-2014, 04:46 PM
Very interesting and highly educational. Thank you, Greg!

03-14-2014, 05:34 PM
Hairy--the greatest joy in doing Art is when you can share the process..

03-14-2014, 05:35 PM
Katie- Tanxsoomuch! Creating Art should shared, not hidden, that is how I learn

03-14-2014, 05:36 PM
Susan-- Tanken so mucnhkin! I am always working on the Steps.

03-14-2014, 05:39 PM
Ishka or IB for short--tanxsomunch.

I love colorful paste tones. For some reason I thought of the painting as more feminine than masculine...

and I laughed at the scenario you wrote

03-14-2014, 05:40 PM
"Why do the heathens rage behind the Firehouse?"

I'm berry confoozed about your question..

03-14-2014, 08:16 PM
Wonderful painting and thanks for the explanation.

03-14-2014, 10:11 PM

I often find myself explaining things I've done......

03-15-2014, 12:06 AM
i really liked step 2 with the reference photo adhered to the canvas. imho, i thought it was the strongest image. It was really nice to see your process! always a treat when a magician shows some of his secrets.

03-15-2014, 01:51 AM
What a fun painting...nostalgic too, remembering the exhilaration of racing down a hill with the wind in my face. Thanks for posting the steps, it's fascinating to see how you arrived at the final painting.

03-15-2014, 08:52 AM

"...always a treat when a magician shows some of his secrets...."

Just following the procedures that I was taught at classes:

having the ref phot in B&W on the canvas gives you a value study
and makes it easier to capture the shapes in the beginning

and never stop for the day until the shapes are correct
otherwise the paint will be too dry to make changes
it is why I love oils, you can just wipe off and move shapes

maybe if I was a better painter I could work in acrylics.......

03-15-2014, 08:53 AM
Jim-- dats music to my ears that you felt the wind....

that was the concept of the painting!

Tanxer soo much


03-15-2014, 01:37 PM
Very cool birdhs, thanks for sharing your process with us!

03-15-2014, 08:27 PM
<i>having the ref phot in B&W on the canvas gives you a value study
and makes it easier to capture the shapes in the beginning</i>

Love this suggestion. Going to try it asap. Values are so very hard for me. Thanks so much for sharing all this.

03-15-2014, 10:34 PM
Chris- jeez...haven't been called in "cool" in a long time.. is that still good ...or 'bad'?

03-15-2014, 10:37 PM
Fiddler ... always glad to 'pass it on', 'tis the way we should be.