Is there a car from your past or that you’ve always fantasized of owning that could be a part of your life now? Gloria had an interesting project that involved her very first car – a blue 1959 Chevrolet Impala convertible that was a gift from her father. She wanted a mural of the car on a panel that was added to the front of her home during a recent renovation. In addition to photos, she had a toy model of the vehicle to help with the creation of the painting.
I have always loved painting shiny objects, so this was the perfect subject. The reflections, light and curvy shapes of chrome objects have been a part of my oil paintings since the start. As a scenic artist, I painted classic cars that were used as props in the musical Leader of the Pack. I enjoy seeing the owners of vintage vehicles and classic cars parading their masterpieces with other club members along Lake Ponchartrain.
The 150-foot tall clarinet painted on the side of a Holiday Inn in New Orleans by muralist Robert Dafford has been a constant source of inspiration. Every time I come across it I love to look at the detail because I notice something new with each viewing. The way the buildings and sky curve on the chrome keys is just amazing! While on evacuation from Hurricane Katrina I had the opportunity to see more of his work in downtown Lafayette. The Lafayette Parking Garage mural is a gorgeous collage of classic car chrome trim painted on the side of the building. This vision was still fresh when I began work on Gloria’s “Faux Garage” mural.
In creating this piece of artwork I used a variety of trompe l’oeil techniques. The foreshortening, shadowing, creating panels on the door and matching the existing colors of the house contributed to the realistic effect of the finished piece. It was a unique idea that was a fun project and I’m pleased that every time Gloria enters her home she sees the mural of her cherished car.