The Cord marque only existed from late 1929 to 1937 but in that short space of time they designed some fabulous vehicles and introduced a host of innovations to motoring. Probably the most famous of the Cords were the 1936 and 1937 models. The model featured in this oil painting is a 1936 Westchester.
I recently read about a young chap who inherited his Grandpa’s 1950’s Chev. He is busy restoring the old car but it’s a race against time. His Gran has a few months to live and he wants to take the old lady for one last drive. Here’s hoping he gets it finished in time.
This sad old Chevrolet is a small oil on canvas panel painting measuring 148 mm x 210 mm (6 in x 8 in). It forms part of a series which includes a 1933 Ford, a 1933 Ford sedan delivery, a 1950 Chevrolet deluxe, a 1936 Cord Westchester and others.
This 1933 Ford is still on active duty in the USA and was recently sold after being with one family from the early 1950’s.
This is an oil on canvas panel measuring 148 mm x 210 mm (6 in x 8 in) and forms part of a series including Just an old Ford, 1937 Chevrolet Coupe, 1950 Chevrolet deluxe , a 1936 Cord Westchester and others.
This 1933 Ford is my impression of one that was recently offered for sale in California on behalf of the owner from Clinton, Michigan. The actual car is a little lower and longer than this piece. It is, what was commonly known in the 1930’s, a sedan delivery. Based on the 1933 car it had a longer chassis and suicide doors.
About 20km north-east of Cape Agulhas is the holiday village of Arniston, which is alongside the historical fishing village of Kassiesbaai. There is a small “harbour” for the fishing boats owned and managed by the locals. Out of season, in bad weather and when the fish aren’t biting there are always four or five of these tiny seagoing vessels sitting on the concrete slipway.
Kassiesbaai has a long history, some of which may be unverifiable, but it makes interesting reading on Google. if you go to Google maps with these co-ordinates you will be directed to the little harbour. -34.666381,20.231924
This piece is multi-media on canvas. I used acrylics, soft pastels, charcoal, Pigma archival ink brushes, unipin water and fade proof pigment ink covered with a fixative and soon to be varnished. My first attempt at a multimedia piece using exactly the same media turned out a complete disaster. It makes for an interesting photograph but in reality it’s just a big black blob! It became the first piece i tossed in the waste bin.
Most artists I know can knock out a finished work in a few days. Some even in a day. I’m a little slower. In fact, I probably feature towards the end of the field. Start off like the hare and then get side tracked. What with writing for a car show in our suburb, grandchildren and sundry other distractions, I’m likely, most times, to finish behind the hare!
The car show was successful but is now a thing of the past so there is no excuse for not painting. Here’s an update on the Bull Elephant which I wrote about in February. He is slowly coming together and should be done in a week or so. Not the best image as it was taken with a mobile. My own camera fell and the case shattered. There are no spares available so I will have to fork out for a new one in the not too distant future.
This old 1929 Chevrolet was one of the many variants in the Chevy Stable. There were 3 and 5 window coupes, drop-hoods, 4 door sedans and LDVs (or pickups). 1929 was an interesting year. In Chicago the great gangster shootout now know as the Valentine’s Day Massacre took place. Motorola made the very first car radio. The very first Academy Awards were presented and the Wall Street Stock Market Crash occurred in October 1929. The musical “Gold Diggers of Broadway” was released on 29 August that year. In November 1929 the Museum of Modern Art in New York opened it’s doors for the first time. This oil painting of a 5 door Chevrolet coupe is on a canvas covered board is 9 x 12 in or 230 x 305 mm
The Images above were sourced from
Chev Sedan – www.Streetsideclassics.com Chev Coupe – www.Hotrodhotline.com Chev Pick up – www.c10truckspot.com Gold Diggers of Broadway – www.WarnerBros.com Museum of Modern Art – www.Wikimedia.com