1931 Oakland V8 – Classic Car Commission Piece

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Commissioned painting “1931 Oakland V8”; Acrylic on 11×14 canvas. Click image to enlarge.

I’ve been lucky enough to have a few commissions come in over the past couple of months. Don’t get me wrong, I love to work on commission pieces and I have been afforded fantastic opportunities. But I’ve realized the downside to commission work is this intense pressure to perform! When you are painting on your own, it’s one thing. But when you are painting a specific piece for a client you really want it to be perfect. Another thing I’ve noticed is that the projects I get aren’t always something I would naturally gravitate towards painting. For example, my most recent commission was from a client who collects vintage cars. I’ve never been a big car enthusiast so painting classic cars had not crossed my mind before. And when I was photographing his car for reference photos I thought, “Holy crap. This one is going to be difficult.” And then my next thought was, “But if I can nail this, it’s going to be awesome!”

Given the complexity of this car, I was expecting to be extremely frustrated throughout the entire project. Knowing the amount of energy and concentration it was going to take, I admit, it was difficult to get motivated at times.  But as I got into it, I found painting it to be more like putting together a puzzle. And it wasn’t as nearly frustrating as I thought it would be. Take a look at the “in progress” photos below so you can get a behind-the- scenes look at the process.

I can honestly say that I am very proud of the end result. I posted the finished painting (pictured top left) on my facebook page and received an outpouring of support. I’ve never gotten such a great reaction to my work before! The feeling was amazing! Doing this commission piece opened my eyes to a whole new subject matter that I might not have otherwise considered. This is definitely one of the BENEFITS of doing commission work. I’m really eager to try my hand at painting a few more classic cars! And if you have an idea for a special painting then please contact me. I would love the opportunity!



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