After creating David Bowie and Joan Jett in my Rockstar series, I decided that a Debbie Harry painting was the next logical step. I started a few weeks ago sketching it out and doing the first few layers. Then I found a slow weekend and the view of the fall leaves outside the art room window made it perfect for a few sessions.
After spending a total of 14 hours on the piece, I finished her this afternoon. Meet Debbie:
Last week I finished my latest commission for an Atlanta friend. He’s got a 1961 Ford F-100 and when I asked him if it has a name he said, “I just call it ‘the truck.'” When we were talking about painting possibilities, I knew I wanted to paint the truck in some kind of desert sunset scene, but not any ordinary sunset. I wanted it to look like you were driving through the desert on peyote. My friend said he wanted color, so that’s what I did. Here’s the finished piece:
Since the truck doesn’t have a kitschy name, I didn’t really know what to call the painting. Then I texted a picture of it to my good friend Chris, and he texted back “We can’t stop here, this is Bat Country!” And it was one of those slap-the-forehead moments. Of course! I was channeling some Hunter S. Thompson big time with this piece so I decided to call it “Bat Country.”
If you’re interested in your own Bat Country-esque custom painting, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can ship anywhere in the United States!