Frank Lloyd Wright, Rochester

Boynton

While in Rochester, got to see this – a Frank Lloyd Wright house (the Boynton House) of which I was unaware. It’s not far from the George Eastman Museum. I sketched this at home as it is a private home and the people who live there deserve their privacy and our respect (and probably didn’t need me sitting on the sidewalk with my sketchbook for an hour…). Apparently they bought it in the early 2000s and spent a fortune restoring it.

There is apparently a documentary on the restoration by New York Public Broadcasting channel WXXI entitled “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years”. It is available on youtube. 🙂

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Lunar Camera, George Eastman Museum

Lunar Camera

A sketch of the Lunar Camera (Actually, “Lunar Orbiter Photographic Subsystem”) on display at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York. This thing is big – about 1 metre square, and massively complex. Built, I think in 1967. Today, would probably fit in a box about 5 cm cubed…. 🙂

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More Jag concepts

More Jags

More development. I thought the last batch needed some “softening” in places in order to relate to the original E Type form – but I fear I may have softened these too much now and will need to tighten up some of the body in order to make it look a little more futuristic and a little less retro.

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Concept Sketches

Jag stuff

These are some preliminary sketches I’ve done for a project I’m working on. My Colleague, Tony Fiore (The bloke who runs our shop at school) and I are going to make a 1/4 scale hard styling clay model this spring (after the semester has been completed) and will be documenting the process in the hope that it will be beneficial to our students. I’ll keep you up to date on our progress here. Tony will have to agree to this concept but I suspect he will. If this has ANY  similarity to a modern version of an E Type FHC, that is, I assure you, entirely coincidental. 🙂

The sketches are still loose and don’t necessarily hold accuracy from view to view, but I’ll be tightening this up as I go along.

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Another Shirt…

A110

Another shirt coming out on blipshift this coming Monday…This one a Renault Alpine A110. I wanted to have it titled “Je t’aime” but blipshift has gone with something else.

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Bridge at Ronda (in progress)

Bridge at ronda (wip)

A work in progress – as you can see. This one is tricky – again – it’s small – and I don’t want to resort to small (000) brushes but it’s hard not to given the detail in the bridge. I can see that need to increase the arch on the upper left hand side – but this is stuff you miss when you’re doing detail. The colour still probably needs to be adjusted (less grey, a little more taupe), but as stated – a work in progress.

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Sketch/painting Venice

Venice gondolas

I’ve ignored paintings since working on a piece of Fernando Alonso winning the European Grand Prix of Valencia in a Ferrari. This seemed to be the perfect subject – and I had all the reference and this painting was going to be GREAT. It wasn’t. I worked and worked. I painted gesso over half the painting and tried again. But the more I worked the worse it got.

I sketched a lot after this, 🙂

Evelyn has been bugging me to paint (clever woman) and so I took on a couple of smaller projects – the above is from a shot I took in Venice (bet you couldn’t tell, eh?) back in 2014. It’s small… about 30 x 15 cm – which was a mistake – the smaller painting take as long as a larger painting because of the detail – but it was a good way to work myself back in…

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Alfa Spider Concept

alfa concept18

I’ve been busy of late, but not posting, as you’ll have noticed. My students were recently working on a “classic redesign” and one of the subjects (surprise, surprise) was a 1976 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce. Wonder where that came from? Well amongst many others there was a Mercedes 300sl convertible, a Dino Ferrari and a Jaguar XKSS  – none of which  ( /-: ) I own… still I pitied my students their work and did a little myself. I thought the drawing of the original car was quite good… but the re-design??? Shock – horror… welcome to 1990… Uggh. I’m getting old (or perhaps I’m already there).

🙂

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Porsche 914, Watkins Glen

914

I drove down to Watkins Glen last week and visited the old F1 track for the first time. The area is beautiful and the drive from the interstate alongside Seneca lake was lovely. I had the convertible hood of the Alfa down and got a sunburn.

I was visiting some friends at the Glen and they were doing a couple of track days there. The track days were organized by Porsche, and thus most of the cars there were P-cars, and most of those were of the newer GT3/GT4 variety, though there were exceptions, and this was one of them. This was a 70s vintage 914 in what I guess to be “signal orange”. This car was running a flat 6 engine which must have made it very interesting to track, indeed.

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Granada

Granada

I have been remiss – I have allowed an excess of self-imposed projects to impede my posting here – but – I will rectify this now with this belated posting of a sketch from the Muslim quarter in Granada from May… Better late than never!

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