Tim Eden. Hot Rod Value Study, 2015. Acrylic on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″
Tim Eden. Hot Rod Value Study, 2015. Acrylic on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

I am really enjoying knocking out these value studies. The fact I know I only have a pretty small window of time (1-2 hours) to finish each piece means I don’t have time to procrastinate and agonise over every little detail, I can just give whatever pops into my head a try. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but there has been nothing that I have done so far that’s been fatal – to either the piece I’m working on or to me (always a bonus).

I have always loved hot rods and often dream about one day building one from scratch (I was always very envious of Tim the Toolman from Home Improvements for this reason – lucky bastard…) so in considering what to paint next, I thought I’d give a hot rod a go.

Probably the most challenging aspect of this piece (still not sure if I was surprised or not) was getting the wheels to look correct and like… well, wheels.

Once again this image was based on a photo I found on-line but as it was only really the vehicle itself I was interested in and not the rest of the photograph, I was able to have a bit of a play around with the surrounding environment and really knock that back in terms of detail to emphasise the hot rod.

I also looked to soften the edges on the right front wheel to give the image more sense of depth.

Once again, pretty pleased how this one turned out too.

Tim Eden

Tim Eden is an Adelaide based figurative artist who paints mainly in oil. The principle theme throughout Tim’s art focuses on our existence and shared connectedness within a universe of energy. Tim’s work has been described as thought provoking and emotive.

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