"To the Rescue"
Sep 22, 2018
I am especially proud of my newest piece, an 11” x 14” acrylic collage which still needs framing.
When we first arrived in Maine this past June, I saw this World War II/Korean War vintage ambulance Jeep out alongside the road at a vintage car restoration business called Twisted Metal. I asked Frank to take a photo next time he passed by because I knew I wanted to paint it. Here is the photo he took. The sign in its window says 19?? and $600. The star is what captured my attention.
So this is what I first drew, then painted then collaged. I decided to use my favorite recycled collage material: paper towels that I’ve used to clean my brushes with. I have so many sheets, nicely stretched out, that I have them color sorted. Of course I had to use camouflage color for the Jeep, but the variety of serendipitous color combinations available allowed me to play with the project as if it were a puzzle. Thus little bits of color, yellow, lime green, pop up and darker grays, to me, indicated people inside. Two very vintage buttons are the headlights and a corrugated coffee container is the front grill. Of course, the star is the focal point.
My last decision making was what to paint the sky and ground. I had started out with a grey blue sky and ochre and grey earth but I knew those were just starting points to allow me to place the vehicle. I experimented and painted a watered down burnt orange and my most favorite paint color of them all: Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold. I wanted a war torn sky and I love the effect of those two washes over the grey blue underlay. They really complement the colors in the Jeep.
For the road, I thought MUD! It should be muddy and very textured, where only the intrepid can go “To the Rescue!”