Saturday, October 3, 2009

Bel Air in Monterey

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard, #162
15 x 11'' - 2009

The photo study for this painting was taken on March 23, 2008 during a lunch break in Monterey Ca during our family road trip in California last year. My true point of interest in this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air is the space age chrome taillight. During this era, it seemed that craftsmanship and design was a true art form in the automobile industry, and models re-invented themselves on a yearly basis. It was a great opportunity to paint with the primary colors, and even though the yellow is a tad loud, it was the only logical choice, to keep it like the original.

I believe that this is the image that the gallery will use in the promotion of my solo show at Handworks Gallery. Bel Air is also a town in California, and as faith would have it, we would drive by that vicinity on our way to Ventura that same day.

Part of my solo show- Near & Far - October 16-30, 2009.


  1. This is great, Alvin! And you're so prolific, too, I thought you were gone on a trip this summer, and here you're just knocking out painting after painting. How do you do it all and still work full-time at a "regular" job? It's amazing!

  2. Wow! this is stunning, nice work... I will have to take a look for your work at handworks, I bet it is even better in real life!

  3. Hi Carol,
    These have been in the works since spring/09. I just wanted to delay posting the images in order to build more momentum towards the opening. Yes, I was away in Europe for 5 weeks, yes I do work full-time as a reg.nurse. I have a secret weapon....I'm able to clone myself (just kidding). I rarely go to bed before 2 while the city sleeps, I'm still in my studio.


    Hi Krista,

    Thanks for introducing yourself and for your comment. It's fun to have a local and talented artist as yourself stop by for a visit.

  4. Oh I just love it Alvin...I adore your car paintings....Good luck with your upcoming show, I'm sure you will do very well.

  5. Alvin!

    This is awesome!

    The cropped image keeps the painting interesting.

    The metal on the car is sleek and shiny. Like real metal!

    Look at the polished finish on that car. Such a reflective shine!

    Expertly done........again!!