Materials were gathered, tables and chairs were moved, and for the next week and a half my kitchen became my studio. Every time I start a painting like this, I go into thinking I know what I want to do, and how to do it and how long it will take. Well it usually doesn't take very long before the project takes over with a mind of its own, and everything you thought you knew gets thrown out the window. I originally thought i'd try and knock it out in one night, but what you see below is about 30 hours of work, somewhere along the 4th or 5th day. I totally got sucked in, vortex style.
Just a few nights ago I finished painting the black and white portion, a mile marker I thought would never come. Around this point, I woke up one morning with a really sore left elbow and couldn't figure out why they hell it hurt so bad... Well when I started painting that next day after work, I noticed I was constantly flexing my entire left arm so as to keep my palate close to my brush. Not so bad for a short period of time, but I had been flexing that arm for hours on end, day after day! Once I realized that, I had to force myself to relax that arm while the other one was painting, so as not to make it feel like it was going to shrivel up and fall off at night.
Half way point!
Hot as balls too. This was around the middle stretch of those 100+ degree days, and a shitty old box fan was all I had to cool down. Musta drank at least 10 gallons of water!
The next step was figuring out something for the background. After much brainstorming with my bud Evan, I decided on a masking technique that would allow me to apply a wash in the background without getting any on George, something that would almost look like a giant water color painting. The masking process took forever, and because of the heat, the masking sheets kept peeling back and needed to be pressed down way too often. It was a race against time, this shit did not want to stay down! But I did enjoy employing a new process, and its one i'll for sure re-visit in the future.
Not a speck on the floor! But it's not like i'm getting my security deposit back anyways...
Yellow wash came first...
Followed by Orange...
Topped off with the red.
Brought it in this morning to be photographed and I gotta say I like it quite a bit here by the entrance to the office... Life sized George just bustin' out of a wall!
The final product!!!
This baby measures 45 inches across by 72 inches high, and doesn't weight more than about 5 or 7 pounds. I intended to keep this one as my own, but in order to keep moving forward with some other motorcycle related endeavors, I'm considering selling it. If you think you'd like to have this original painting in your garage or home or shop, drop me a line and let's work out a deal... Will ship anywhere in the world. E-mail me at Jordan@ironcross.net
I'm also considering taking on a few portrait projects for the remainder of the summer season, so if you think you'd like your photo done up in a similar style, drop me a line and lets see what we can do! Thanks for looking guys, your views and comments mean a lot!
I'm editing the Smoke Out 13 DVD this year, and as of now I have no game plan for tunes. How bout' puttin' out an open call for any and all bands to submit their music for consideration? I'm looking for anything and everything, not just distortion driven rock, but of course that is always a good choice... but what i'm getting at is this; send it my way, anything and everything, all musical styles are welcomed.
How do you do that, you ask? Well its easy. If you have a band, or if your friend is in a band that might be interested, send me an e-mail with a link to a site where I can preview the tunes you want considered... Chances are good that you'll get picked... so what are you waiting for? Send over your web addresses to Backtalk@ironcross.net
I do believe we're featuring his BSA stampede bike in in the latest issue. Its a real pile, and the dude has ridden it everywhere. This year he ran the Stampede on some turd of an 80's inline 4 bike, but fuck he made it, and i believe he even took 3rd place or something?
Anyways, i'm convinced he had the best T-shirt on at the whole smoke out, and just minutes after I took this photo as proof of that, he came rolling back to up tell me that there's a guy who has a big dog type chopper thing with a paint job just like his shirt! I had to see it...
In reality, the paint job didn't even hold a candle to the T-shirt, but its got me thinking about my next paint job... space themed intergalactic sky scenes... wave of the future? I sure hope so.