Whitefish Point Light
SS nose stripe
Five Point Oh
Turn it Up
As Luck Would Have It
Toys Will Be Toys
Strut Like a...
Whitefish Point LightThe Whitefish Point lighthouse tower. This was fun because I painted such a small portion, relying on the pearlescent finish of the background to supply interest. door from a Chrysler Sebring
Hot WheelsOne of a few I painted for the guys at LKQ. They have been instrumental in supplying parts for these. This piece was rescued from an S-10 Blazer. I believe it was the only rustless piece on the truck.
JeepJillian was insistent that I get the one (from a Hundai) with the lock in it. I resisted at first, but I caved. I am greatful for her persuasion because this is one of my favorites so far. In addition, this particular door has an entire full size backer that folds out and works trememdously as a built in stand.
SS nose stripeAnother door I painted for the nice guys at LKQ. This one is on a deep burgundy door, but my horrid photo skills don't seem to show it. If I remember this part came from a late 90's GM mid-size sedan.
Five Point OhThis 5.0 badge on a Fox Mustang GT didn't turn out exactly as I had envisioned, but overall I am happy with the result.
Turn it UpAnother example with the lock intact. This amplifier was painted along side the Fender guitar in this gallery. I had fun mixing the actual shape of the door that mimics the shape of the amp, the dimension of the lock, and the created dimension on the input, button, and led. That sentence got a little long... I am pleased with all of the textures I created. Most of the metallic blue is the color of the donor car.
ReflectionsThis is a painting of my favorite vintage Mustang, the 1969 Boss302 in Calypso Coral. I captured this in a photo at a Mustang show, and liked the reflection of the 1970 Boss302 so much I wanted to paint it. This fuel door is from a Volkswagen Golf City, and its red paint can be seen in the shadow, tire, and treeline.
As Luck Would Have ItI am a fan of the deep metallic green of the Bonneville this door came from and wanted to leave most of the color undisturbed. That led to the minimal greens added to create this 4 leaf clover. The rest of the car was not lucky, as it was crushed like the rest of the donors.
The ContinentalThe iconic suicide doors and slab sidedness of the 60's Lincoln continental are captured here. I love how the door handles mirror each other. The chrome stands out best against black so a black fuel door was chosen. This was painted along side the SR-71 pictured in this gallery.
FenderThis Fender guitar was painted on a classic burgundy metallic fuel door that may have come from a Ford Escort. this was painted along side the amplifier in this gallery and I created similar textures and dimension with the pickguard, screws, and switch. I was quite pleased with the result of my work.
Ford GTThis is the Ford GT supercar. The front fascia of the GT nearly forms a perfect hemisphere captured here by the bottom edge of the fuel door. I like the detailing on the concept version so I used that for the lights and grill. This is painted on a fuel door from a Pontiac Sunbird that is identical to the door I used for the sn-95 mustang in this gallery.
Toys Will Be ToysThis is a Jaguar XKS coupe micro machine. The source is a well-worn toy from my youth. Most of the door was painted with only a bit of the burgundy paint showing through in the body of the XKS. I believe this door to be from another Ford Escort.
Strut Like a...This is one of my favorite fuel door paintings. The peacock was photographed at the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, MI. The fuel door is from a Honda Civic and I knew immediately what would be painted on it. The result was almost exactly what I had pictured.
The BossThis is a painting of the Boss429 that John Coletti (then head of SVE) created in the mid 90s. The fuel door is from a red Pontiac Sunbird. It was painted along side the Ford GT in this gallery.
Mach 3+The SR-71 Blackbird has always been a favorite jet of mine. It had a menacing appearance despite carrying no weapons. The first Blackbird flight was in 1964 and the capabilities were astonishing. I believe this plane still holds several records for altitude and speed. I wanted to capture the stealthy nature of the SR-71 and used a minimal amount of painting to achieve that. All of the black paint is original to the donor car. I painted this along side the Lincoln Continental door handles that appear in this gallery. Both the SR and the suicide doored Lincoln were designed at a similar time.
The BlowerThis is the top of an engine I photographed outside of Indianapolis. I like contrast, so I used the supercharger and the style of the cameo jewelry to create some. I took a few creative liberties with some of the mechanicals pictured. This piece is unique because it is free standing. the fuel door is from a first generation Ford Probe and only required removing a spring to stand on its own.
Fox TracksThis is an imprint of a Michelin TRX tire. These were used on the aptly named TRX handling package for the early Fox bodied Mustangs. Once again, I wanted to create some texture and dimension with paint. The fuel door is from a GM product. The whole donor car was originally a cream color, but was repainted this metallic brown.
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