Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Speed Racer

Dogs hanging out a car window are a classic subject for paintings, photographs and greeting cards.  I've joined the crowd with my latest, another in the series of paintings on reclaimed or upcycled painting surfaces (aka "supports" in artist-speak).  This painting is acrylic on a refurbished kitchen cabinet door.

The title is "Speed Racer," not only because it depicts a dog enjoying the wind in its fur on a car ride, but also because the new knob I found for this cabinet door reminded me of the checkered flag they wave at the Indy 500.  (Click on the image above to see a larger shot of the painting.)

The background was suggested by a piece of printed fabric from India - with the colors completely reworked to complement my subject.

I don't seem to have photographed the original door before making this picture, but you can see from these shots of the back that the door was originally covered with blue and white paint.  I like to leave recycled supports raw on the back (with the old paint and hinge marks showing) - it's a subtle reminder of the painting's earlier life and different function.

"Speed Racer" can be yours for $500.  Please shoot me an email if you'd like to purchase this painting and add a shot of fun to your decor.