Iconic 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne with ostentatious tail fins – Our Ref AP450
If I was asked to choose only one car out of all the makes and models ever built, then it would be the 1957 Chevrolet Belair. It was an Iconic model. But when it comes to being garish, ostentatious and even over the top, then the 1959 Chevrolet range would win hands down. The tail fins were big, really big. But beautiful. The registration plate is for the town of Kleinmond in the Western Cape where this 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne hangs.
The Ford and Chrysler Groups were no match for the General Motors Corporation’s Chevrolet brand. Even Pontiac, which was a leading General Motors brand came nowhere close to the 1959 Chevrolets. This “Cityscape” is an acrylic painting on a canvas covered board and measures 305 x 230 mm or 9 x 12 inches.
I am busy with another Chevrolet painting as well as a 1934 Dodge Pickup. There is another, completed work called Old Car and Windmill which features another General Motors Car – a 1948 Buick, but I need to create the page before you will be able to see it!
Stephen Conway of Easy Oil Painting inspired this landscape work on a 200 mm x 500 mm stretched canvas. It is similar to Man Walking but instead of using yellow and black to create the greens I used blues and yellows in this one. The wonderful thing about painting is that the final artwork often surprises you. In the case of Lady walking it was the lady herself that surprised me with her skirt and the basket on her arm.
Lady Walking is the 2nd in a series of 4. Have to still tackle the other two!
There’s an Irish chap by the name of Stephen Conway. He does some really good stuff including a lot of tutorials on You Tube. This Landscape Oil Painting is based on one of his tutorials. My man walking looks a little older than Stephen’s man, but that’s the beauty of oil painting, any painting for that matter. The artist lays it down as he or she sees it. Man Walking is the 1st of a series of 4.
There is a second landscape oil painting based on the same tutorial called Lady Walking .
Sometime toward the end of 2019 gremlins attacked all of Stephens work on You Tube. So all went down the tubes. he is busy reconstructing his You Tube presence and I will create a link when this particular tutorial is reloaded. (Jan 2020)
This commission was from the parents of a soon to be born son. They are acrylic paintings on small stretched canvasses of 203 mm x 203 mm or 8 in x 8 in. The young man also had an elephant motif duvet and other elephant related decor items and toys.
This oil painting on a stretched canvas measures 305 mm x 406 mm or 12 in x 16 in. The subject is the Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse just north of Durban on South Africa’s east coast. There are always a number of ships at anchor outside Durban Harbour, waiting to enter port. There is a wind surfer about to crest the rear wave. The lighthouse has a rotating white light as well as a static 30° red light used by the ships in the outer anchorage to assess their position relative to the beaches of Durban.
We first published on this Anahita Golf Course oil painting early in December 2018. It is now complete and has already been delivered to its new owner. This is the final product just before it came off the easel! The painting is on a stretched canvas 200 mm x 500 mm .
In the late 1950’s American car manufacturers were big into flashy tail fins. I suppose it was a sign of a booming world economy which had recovered from the effects of WW II. All three of the major manufacturer – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler were busy trying to outdo each other. Some designs were really good and others a bit weird. By the early 1960’s the fashion passed and automobiles again became quite boring. The 1957 Chevrolet range quite possibly had the best looking of the “finned” models but the most outrageous was the 1959 Chevrolet range. That the designers managed to get it right for cars, wagons and light delivery vehicles was quite an achievement. Here’s my interpretation of the 1959 Chev Biscayne which I’m busy with today.
In the early hours of 26 February 1852 a British troopship – HMS Birkenhead ran aground off the coast of Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa, at a place known as Danger Point. The ship broke up almost immediately after impact with submerged rocks. It was the first time that the call of “Women and Children first” was recorded.
Some 450 people drowned but 193 reached safety.
A lighthouse was constructed and commissioned in 1895. It is 17 m tall and it’s light can be seen 50 km away.
This lovely work was commissioned for a holiday home in the popular coastal holiday town of Mossel Bay on the Western Cape South Coast. The lighthouse was commissioned in 1864 and is a square brick tower, painted white.
It is 14.9 meters tall and the “focal point” is 73 meters above sea level. There is a cave just below the lighthouse that was occupied by inhabitants 200,000 years ago. For more on this lighthouse and others on the South African Coast see Gerald Hoberman’s fascinating book Lighthouses of South Africa