Oil on canvas panel, 12" by 12"--This is a 1940 Ford COE (cab over engine) truck, fully restored with a 1942 grill. These were popular trucks and the precursors of the modern10 wheeler tractors. This had an 85 hp flathead V8 engine. These trucks could have a very short wheelbase and were configured for 1 1/2 to 2 tons of cargo. This truck is at the Thomas Fogarty vineyard in Portola Springs, California. The short snout on the trucks gives the appearance of a pug or bulldog face (to me, that is). My plein air painting of this was done when it was foggy and served as a reference along with some photos taken when the fog had cleared. Getting those grays just the right hue was a bit of a challenge.

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Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on July 30, 2015 at 14:43
Thanks Li!
Comment by Ningning Li on July 30, 2015 at 12:46

This truck really has a personality, I like it.

Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on July 27, 2015 at 9:40
Thanks Nancy!!
Comment by Nancy Sands on July 27, 2015 at 8:46
Another great job, stu. I can see how much you enjoy painting these trucks. They are a reall challenge for me.
Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on July 21, 2015 at 12:13

Thanks Ann! Yes I did and still do like to draw and paint trucks and cars!!!  Yeah the solar panels were kind of funky, but I did see them as color shapes that brought the eye right to the truck.   My plein air painting of the truck was very flat, because it was overcast when I painted it, but I had some good photos with the sun out and decided to paint it better in the studio!!

Comment by Ann Turner on July 21, 2015 at 12:10

Excellent painting Stu !  The truck is great and I also noticed the dark trees etc keeping us in the painting with the solar panels brings us right to the truck. The truck looks dimensional  !  I imagine that you liked to draw trucks and cars when a little lad !

Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on July 21, 2015 at 2:29
Thanks Michael!
Comment by Michael J. Severin on July 21, 2015 at 2:07

Good color and light Stu!!

Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on July 20, 2015 at 23:55

Thanks Jessica!  I will add a driver!

Comment by Jessica Futerman on July 20, 2015 at 22:50

A truck with a lot of personality!  A driver would add even more interest!  Beautifully drawn!


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