Sunday, June 26, 2011
The idea is simple. Basic point A to point B transportation. No air conditioning. No traction control. No ABS or EFI. No radio. No paint or hubcaps, even! Just an engine, wheels, and a cockpit. The only "luxuries" are a rearview mirror and a pumpkin face shift knob.
7x9 inch pencil drawing with digital color.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The idea is that there's a species of cactus that uproot and stampede every few generations or so. When they do, people go out and try to catch them. Why? Curiosity, rumors of magical powers, the pure adrenaline rush of chasing a 40 mph cactus, other unknown reasons.
I wish I could remember what sparked the idea. Who thinks of stampeding cacti?
This image has been desaturated slightly, the original is a bit brighter.
10x29 inches, painted in watercolor. Original available here.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
If you look at my work over the last twenty years, you may notice my early work depicts fairly everyday scenes. The night before a race. Relaxing with a beer after a hard day on the farm. Lunchtime.
But as time passes, you'd notice strange, incongruous and just weird elements worming their way in. Mechanical sea monsters. A space rocket in line at a gas station. Pickups with tentacles. And mermaids.
So many mermaids.
"But why, Matt, why paint weird stuff instead of the sort of Americana themed work you see printed on coffee mugs?"
It's simple. I like weird and ridiculously unlikely stuff. I like the idea of taking a '53 Caddy ambulance and making an altered gasser out of it. I like the thought of a Dodge Power Wagon modified to do a 10 second quarter mile straight up a vertical rock face. Everybody makes a gasser out of a Willys coupe, but has anyone tried it with a stock Willys woody body (no fiberglass, thank you)? Or a 1965 International Travelall? I want to see that, and if I have to do it myself in the form of a painting, so be it.
I might even throw in a mermaid or two.
Because who doesn't love mermaids?
Anyway, this piece is a mild expression of this idea of weird. A sort of not too pretty grandma's car, in grandma colors, done up for the dragstrip by a mermaid with a toolkit.
Put that on your coffee mug!
Friday, June 10, 2011
15x25 inches, watercolor. Available for purchase here.
p.s. I'm currently working on Ballast 2, featuring a mid-60's Dodge truck.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Maybe it can't be done. Maybe it's a ridiculous and unfeasible idea. But how cool would it be to have a low rider that can climb a vertical rock face?
People have contacted me with plenty of pictures of SUV lowriders, but they've all been 2WD, so no cigar.
I've seen some pretty wacky custom cars out there, including a Caddy camouflaged as a tank and an aluminum fishing boat fitted with a drivetrain. How many Batmobiles are there? There's got to be at least one of these somewhere in the world.
Watercolor, 10x22 inches. This painting is available on Etsy.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Watercolor, 14x21 inches. Click for purchse information. Prints available here.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Originally, the idea was to have the truck on the edge of a cliff, with the tentacles coming from below, not connected to the truck at all. I was never happy with the composition, so it stayed in limbo, eventually fermenting into the 180 proof monster you see here.
Watercolor, 15x21 inches. Available for purchase here.