Thursday, March 29, 2007

Stockton Landscape


I just finished this one last night, it's called "Stockton Landscape", 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas. Tried to keep the color quiet in this one, the palette is mostly earth tones. The canvas I started with was an experiment, I toned it with a couple coats of light gray gesso... it really helped me maintain the mood I was going for.

I was up in Stockton in December for the Leyendecker show with Bill Wray. We ran around town shooting photos when we weren't looking at the Leyendecker paintings. Stockton is an old town in Northern California that's full of old shipping docks and railway depots along the river. I felt like this scene was right out of the 1970's with that old green car and railroad crossing signs. A cold day, likely the neighborhood of dock workers' families.

7 comments:

Brothergrimm said...

It looks a little like the car is superfocused an still slightly in motion. It's kind of trippy, but in a good way.

Michelle Smith said...

Very nice. It really does have that nostalgic feeling to it.

tonypetersart said...

Hey BG,
Glad you like it. Painting cars are often like painting people... everyone knows what it's supposed to look like. There's no faking it.

tonypetersart said...

Thanks Michelle!

william wray said...

I like the feeling in this one. Your taking me back to Stockton. Memories. Just don't paint Howard Johnson's

tonypetersart said...

Bill,
No HoJo's?! That guy smashing his wife's head thru the window sounds like modern art to me! Warm, fuzzy Stockton memories.

Andrew said...

Really eye catching pictures...

Thanks for sharing...
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