View Full Version : 1930s Cadillac with Chrome WIP

06-16-2007, 07:41 PM

24" x 30" on Wallis.
I'm lovin' the chrome, but I say that as it is early in the game.
My son took this great photo reference at a local car meet. Beautifully restored 1930s Caddy.

There's a horrendous grille in the middle that I am not looking forward to, tho. Doesn't look like much yet, so bear with me.

Piper Ballou
06-16-2007, 07:53 PM
This is going to be fanastic......I think I am going to have to try a vehicle soon, we have car shows here all the time and we took some photos at the last one.
I am looking forward to seeing the grille work.....

06-16-2007, 09:18 PM
It's going to be nice, I just know it. :D

I'd be interested in how many hours you log in the grill alone.

06-17-2007, 02:53 PM
Piper - thanks. You should try something soon. Do it.

Mrking - thanks. Grille coming next after the headlight.

Heres the next one. Thought it might be more interesting to see the headlight unfinished, rather than just seeing the next section totally finished. I am trying something different on this one, departing from other headlights I have done. Rather than rendering tightly as I move across the lamp, I am laying in general areas first, then going back with detail. We'll see how it works.


Also the area under the headlight is new.

06-18-2007, 10:49 AM
Loving the works to this point. Question -- do you always finish one spot before going on to the next -- or am I wrong that you are doing this? Will you come back to these sections later?

Went to your web site -- remember the painting called "Egg White" -- in the Southeastern Pastel Society Show a couple of years ago! Good work.

Mikki Petersen
06-18-2007, 02:02 PM
Johnnie, you have to be the queen of chrome and glass. Wow! This is already wonderful to view. If you ever get to Reno, NV, you would surely enjoy the National Automobile Museum. Lots of sparkly chrome and some of the most interesting vehicles, too.


06-19-2007, 09:03 AM
Marsha - thank you. On really tight pieces, I do finish each area. (I wouldn't do that on a landscape, for example.) One reason I do this, is because as I work across the surface I won't smear what's completed. Being right-handed, I work top left to lower right and this keeps things from smearing when I rest my hand on the paper.

Mikki - thanks. Haven't been there, but have seen the one in Vegas.

06-19-2007, 09:13 AM
Hey Johnnie.....I can tell already that you have a real winner in progress.

06-20-2007, 01:46 AM
Oh my!! I'm sitting here with my tounge hanging out . can't wait to see this finished.

06-22-2007, 06:44 PM
Preston and Gerry - thanks. Making progress.


Headlight is finished and the grille... oh my... the grille. It's taking awhile. :)

06-22-2007, 06:57 PM
OMG, that grill is a killer. Kudos to your patience.

06-23-2007, 06:52 PM
mrking - thank you so much... it is a killer, believe me :)

06-23-2007, 09:02 PM
:eek: I'm simply speechless...... WOW!! :clap:

06-30-2007, 12:27 PM

Progress... a little anyway. The car now has one bumper and half a grille. The other half is more heavily shadowed and should be a little easier. Whew.

Mikki Petersen
06-30-2007, 12:55 PM
OMG! That grill must be driving you nuts! I once did a portrait with a cane back chair behind the subject and that was annying...can't imagine taking on that grille. This is, as usually, stunningly accurate and just plain good art, Johnnie.


07-01-2007, 10:54 AM
Mikki - thanks. Yeah, I did a rough count and I have colored in about 1800 squares so far. LOL

M Douglas
07-01-2007, 12:20 PM
Fantastic Johnnie, such detail!! WOW


07-01-2007, 02:05 PM
This piece is truly incredible! What patience you must have, working through the grille.....lol, more like a saint. I wanted to ask you how you get the effect of such a smooth surface. Do you use one of those (oh my, forgot what they're called) long, grey sticks and blend, blend, blend?

I love the color of the grille against the blue of the car......very nice contrast.


07-01-2007, 03:23 PM
Another winner emerging from the paper! I am always amazed at your work!


07-01-2007, 03:34 PM
turbocat, thats unbelievable!! one talented artist you are.

07-01-2007, 04:08 PM
Guess what - I had to scroll back to the top of the page to make sure I was in the Pastel Studio! Stunning! I've never seen pastels so sharp and crisp. I sit and watch and learn!

07-02-2007, 01:39 AM
absolutly wonderfull wip! Thank you for sharing

07-04-2007, 11:24 AM
Melodie and Sandy - thanks so much.

Marie - I don't use those blenders, as they just seem to lift off the pastel. I use my finger.

Ste08, Farfallina, dbjs - thanks!

Here's the next photo... almost all the grille and starting on the second headlight.


Charles Perera
07-04-2007, 06:26 PM
A winner


07-04-2007, 08:45 PM
what patience you must have !! ... but the result speaks for itself ... fantastic work ...

07-05-2007, 09:50 AM
unbelievably amazing!
I stand in such awe!
(I couldn't find a smilie that bows in praise)

Piper Ballou
07-05-2007, 11:01 AM
I noticed that you use Wallis paper, is there a reason, must be hard on your fingers because of the blending.....I have decided that I like yours so much I would try a truck but using La Carte

07-06-2007, 10:57 PM
Your work here is just amazing! Well worth the effort it's taking you. Oh, and I agree about the blenders! Fingers blend so nicely.

07-07-2007, 10:20 AM
Charles, Violet, Artastic - thank you all.

Piper - I like the Wallis precisely because of the texture. It really holds lots of layers. Rough on the fingers, tho, for sure.

karenelkan - yeah, it seems nothing works like fingers.

07-07-2007, 01:30 PM
stunning!!! That's all I can say.

07-21-2007, 11:38 AM
Finally - a little more progress. Most of the grille and another headlight. Slow goin', as I did not work on it much this week. I plan to plow forward this weekend.


Thanks for hangin in, in spite of the slow progress.

Mikki Petersen
07-21-2007, 12:11 PM
This is just beautiful, Johnnie. I can't believe the incredible patience you have to do all that tight detail. I'm working on a fairly detailed piece and it's driving me nuts. All you paintings have that wonderful loving detail and it is great to view.


07-21-2007, 02:24 PM

07-21-2007, 03:10 PM
Ouch! My chin hurts where it just dropped to the floor. This is absolutely AMAZING and I can't fathom what it must take to do a piece like this and can't wait to see the finished piece (rubbing chin).


07-21-2007, 03:23 PM
WOW this is stunning!!looking forwards to seeing more love that colour!!

Merethe T
07-21-2007, 04:28 PM
ooooh, can't believe I missed this! This is simply amazing, wow! http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jul-2007/22081-33616-11613-jawdrop.gif
The details are perfect! Gotta go back and take a closer look....while I wait for an update......lol


07-21-2007, 07:40 PM
Mikki - thanks. I never said it didn't drive me nuts. LOL.

dbjs, Cravia & Ronda - thanks!!! Making progress today.

07-30-2007, 06:05 PM
Alas. This is finished. Definitely took a while, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.


07-30-2007, 06:46 PM
Wow! Beautiful!
It takes on another life beyond a car...I see them also as separate objects, almost like musical instruments, gathering together to play a tune.
Wonderful painting!

Merethe T
07-30-2007, 06:53 PM
Outstanding!! This is chrome-heaven, it's awesome! The details are incredible, can imagine this took time....I love it!


07-30-2007, 07:03 PM
you've done a fabulous job with the detail in this ... kudos to your patience and abilties !!! ..... i'm not familiar with the car tho ... are those blue fenders? ... is the grille recessed? ... the body of the car cream? ... any chance of showing the reference? ...

07-30-2007, 07:43 PM
Hi there,

I hereby declare you completely nuts !
How could you have the patience to acomplish such a detailed work ?
I am impressed !

Kind regards,


07-30-2007, 08:15 PM
Cindy, Merethe: Thank you so much.

Violet: the fenders are dark teal blue and the body IS cream. The grille is just inset into a chrome rim. I'll find the reference.

Jose: Completely nuts. Perhaps you are right. LOL :p

07-30-2007, 08:30 PM
i did realize the grill was rimmed with chrome ... and fabulously done ... and am glad i assumed correctly that the car was cream coloured ... it was kind of confusing with the body being a different colour from the fenders ... i first got the impression the grille was not attached to anything ... maybe the similar colour in the upper right confused my eye ... (not a difficult thing to do :lol: ) ... would love to see the reference tho ...

07-30-2007, 09:02 PM
Magnificent. I am sure you are glad it is complete. :D

What's next?

07-30-2007, 10:44 PM
:clap: :clap: :thumbsup: every thing about this is wonderful.11 the shadows across the grill are great.:)

Piper Ballou
07-30-2007, 11:23 PM
This is a show piece...fanastic.
sure glad you showed it as a WIP....I learned a lot

water girl
07-30-2007, 11:34 PM
Perfection! I checked your website, and you are most talented. Love your work!

Mary Brigid
07-31-2007, 06:16 AM
I agree with Karen.... Perfection... And thank you for doing the wip.. I have really enjoyed it.
Mary Brigid

M Douglas
07-31-2007, 09:55 AM
You are the master of detail!! Fantastic!!


07-31-2007, 10:04 AM
It's just plain simply AMAZING!!

07-31-2007, 12:39 PM
Superb, love it. You must have a lot of patience though. :clap:

07-31-2007, 12:41 PM
Wow this is excellent, that grille omg how hard..way to go, the colour is superb..well done.

07-31-2007, 01:11 PM
Holy headlights, Batman! The detail in this is just mind-boggling! This is a real beauty--one of my favorites of yours. Can't wait to see the next one!

07-31-2007, 03:00 PM
Absolutely stunning, a beautiful painting.
A real work of art.

07-31-2007, 04:25 PM
Well thank you one and ALL.

You make it feel like it was worthwhile, in spite of the fact that vehicle paintings are tough to sell.

Violet - I do see the problem with the cream body and the far background. I may tinker with that.

mrking - next? Local famous restaurant at an old motel - neon sign! woo hoo!!

07-31-2007, 04:39 PM
hi johnnie ... i tried tinkering with myself in paint shop pro just for fun and to see if that's what confused my *mind's eye* ... i just put in a green as if lawn was *back there* and it did seem to make more sense to my eye ... if you tinker, you might like to do it with that kind of program first!! ... much safer ... :) ...

Mikki Petersen
07-31-2007, 05:52 PM
Johnnie, a well deserved bow to you for this masterful painting. I can see where a basic car painting might be difficult to sell but a work like this is not just a "car painting", it's magic!


08-03-2007, 09:40 AM

You asked to see the reference. Took the photo at a local classic car meet where folks gather in town 2x a month in the summer.

Never did meet the owner of the car.


08-03-2007, 10:25 AM
wow ... you certainly did it justice !!! ... awe inspiring to say the least !! ... i don't think you could've done any better replicating that car !! ... i see now how the back ground is and how it differentiates itself from the car itself ... imho if the background were rendered a different colour ... grass green perhaps ... it would show your car even better ... not to say that it isn't a masterpiece as it is ... :) ... and thank you for posting the ref !! ... i'm sure *everyone* will enjoy seeing it and being further impressed with your ability !!!

08-03-2007, 11:18 AM
This is fabulous! I'm in awe of the way you have applied the pastels!! Do you blend them with anything?

08-04-2007, 08:40 AM
Angela - thanks. I only use my finger. I have tried everything else and nothing works as well.

Gail V
08-04-2007, 11:24 AM
AMAZING! I love the chrome and the color of the car - awesome combination. Cool!! :cool: