more Emira Art - this time DV....

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No rest for the wicked, as they say.

Dark Verdant next, partly because it's so popular, mainly because my own DV Emira will be arriving in a few months!

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I'm sticking with an extremely simple background again - why the heck would I add anything to distract from the Emira? However, instead of matching the background to the Emira colour, as I did with the Hethel Yellow Emira, this time I have gone for a background colour closer to the DV highlights, in order to pull these out from the image of the car and really make them sing. With Dark Verdant the highlights, well, they really are the highlights...

I think the colour blending and trying to get some subtle sense of metallic here will prove an even greater challenge than recreating Hethel Yellow but nothing truly worthwhile was ever easy. The source image I've created is above so that's the target - time to get drawing, then painting...
 
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...and we're underway again!

Scaling the master artwork, sketching it out on the canvas after 2 coats of gesso, apply 2 further coats of gesso then it's time to start blocking in the background.
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That's the undercoat for the background down (Emira masked off to allow faster application of colour to avoid it drying as it's being applied).

Colour matching can be a messy business, scroll down to see what I mean!
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It is an amazing ability to do these, love watching the process and progress.
Thank you Nicolas - I do feel lucky to have this ability, and am striving to hone and improve it with every piece after doing too little with it for too long. I have a global pandemic to thank for getting the brushes out again...
 
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Got to ask, how much Greek Yoghurt will be in this one?
Thats is an excellent question, glad someone is paying attention! For the background it is 4 parts Phthalo Turquoise to 1 part Process Yellow and 1 part greek yogurt (must be full fat!)
 

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My wife is an artist and used to make oil-based paintings of my cars for me (garage art), but she's stopped painting.

You do such great work... may I ask what it would cost to buy one of your paintings? PM me please! :)
 
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So, that's Covid dealt with, now back to the easel! Covid not recommended and gave me some excrucitating back pain which is only just subsiding - if I had an Emira right now I couldn't get in it! 🤣

This post is about creative solutions to a deceptively tricky background. Getting a uniform and straight blend from light to dark would be tricky enough in oils, but do-able. Trying to blend acrylic which dries very fast is tricky - and impossible along a long line like this.
The solution? Create a colour gradient in twenty 5mm sections for the transition from light to dark (verdant) green, which is what you see here. I'm happy with the result and like the added effect the lines create.
You can also see in another photo here how many colours went into creating my version of dark verdant - six!
Soooooo looking forward to starting to paint the Emira itself - getting to know it quite intimately now.
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You are dedicated! Beautiful gradient there. Glad you are on the other side of Covid; I haven't had it yet, but hoping not to. I think you have nailed the DV color, I think that is very accurate.
 

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So, that's Covid dealt with, now back to the easel! Covid not recommended and gave me some excrucitating back pain which is only just subsiding - if I had an Emira right now I couldn't get in it! 🤣

This post is about creative solutions to a deceptively tricky background. Getting a uniform and straight blend from light to dark would be tricky enough in oils, but do-able. Trying to blend acrylic which dries very fast is tricky - and impossible along a long line like this.
The solution? Create a colour gradient in twenty 5mm sections for the transition from light to dark (verdant) green, which is what you see here. I'm happy with the result and like the added effect the lines create.
You can also see in another photo here how many colours went into creating my version of dark verdant - six!
Soooooo looking forward to starting to paint the Emira itself - getting to know it quite intimately now.
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Are all those images on the walls your paintings? Looks like some Edward Hopper influences there.
 
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Are all those images on the walls your paintings? Looks like some Edward Hopper influences there.
You have a keen eye @Eagle7 ! The reclining lady is my copy of "The Letter" by Jack Vettriano, the Lancia 037 is my own composition based on a photo I took at Bicester Heritage, the Streetscape is a print of one of the great Kenton Nelson's works, who I believe has Hopper as one of his inspirations, and the Vacuum flask is my own composition and painting of a 60 year-old flask owned by my grandfather used when he was a truck driver.
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You are dedicated! Beautiful gradient there. Glad you are on the other side of Covid; I haven't had it yet, but hoping not to. I think you have nailed the DV color, I think that is very accurate.
Thank you, yes DV is very dark and intense - there's a lot going on there! Avoid Covid if you can, especially if, like me, you're nearer 60 than 30!
 

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You have a keen eye @Eagle7 ! The reclining lady is my copy of "The Letter" by Jack Vettriano, the Lancia 037 is my own composition based on a photo I took at Bicester Heritage, the Streetscape is a print of one of the great Kenton Nelson's works, who I believe has Hopper as one of his inspirations, and the Vacuum flask is my own composition and painting of a 60 year-old flask owned by my grandfather used when he was a truck driver.View attachment 4261View attachment 4262View attachment 4263
That is quite a talent. My gift is writing my name legibly.
 
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I just cannot! Get outta here with the reflections!
Thanks, it is very satisfying when you manage to recreate the illusion of a reflective surface. (Especially when it's part of something as gorgeous as the Emira)
 
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