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Never having been much of an artist I was reluctant to try painting my own layout back-scene. However, after watching a few episodes of the art program on Discovery Home and Leisure I finally plucked up enough courage and inspiration to give it a try!



I began by painting the backdrop with sky blue matt emulsion. Next, I outlined the hills with grey acrylic art paint and filled them in with varying mixtures of green, brown and grey, emphasising the greens and browns more towards the top and the greys to the bottom. The main objective was to make the background blend in with the "real" hill to the right so, to try and make the scene look continuous, I painted in a little more light browns and grey to the right-most hill.

To top it all off I stippled yellow onto the tops of the hills to give the effect of sunlight coming in from the right.

Finally, I dry-brushed some white into the sky for a slightly hazy look. I'm quite pleased with the overall effect and it was much easier to do than I thought!

Right, I'm off to the Lake District now to try my hand at some proper landscape painting
 

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Nice work, John!


I had thought about using photos blown up and printed on heavy stock. Quite nice, but still a bit expensive. However.... my wife is an accomplished tole art painter....
....thanks, John, decision made!
 

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Very clever and it's achieved what you said about blending into the actual track scenery.

Now, what would you say are your main influences? Constable, Matisse or if you like the Lake District then it has to be Heaton Cooper!

David
 

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That is really stunning! especially for someone claiming not to be an artist!!!

You missed your calling mate


We are having the back drop to Mugello painted this week so I will post pics to show comparison in style.
 

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Umm... thanks everyone. Believe me I'm not known for my painting skills around here - I'm not even trusted to decorate the house! Best not let Mrs JohnP see this then. Our little secret eh guys


Well, I didn't make it as far as the Lake District - just the garage! But I did get to paint the rest of my track grey:



btw, thanks to all you grey track guys for giving me the inspiration to do this. You know who you are


And David, Dali. Look carefully
 

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John, you're being far too modest. This is excellent work and you are to be commended for your talent. I'm going to try something like this for Pastime International Raceway, but I'm doubtful my artistic skills are anywhere close.

Just beautiful work!


Steve
 

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QUOTE (JohnP @ 25 Mar 2004, 18:58)And David, Dali. Look carefully

This is too enigmatic for me what am I missing? It's not the view up Wastwater in amongst those hills is it?

David
 

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Before John gives David his answer, Assuming he ever was going to


How about we all post what we 'think' we see in that painting fro mthe two angles we have? Just for a giggle...

I will start and shout out my paranoia and mental state..

I see, a face in the first hillock from the right in the second picture, just above the second orange bush (OK - so whats wrong with an orange bush?) and also another face immediately next to that on the next hill.
So come on, I can't be the only loonie on the forum.

erm?........

someone? anyone?

cough
 

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ummm gt40s were built by FAV (ford advanced vehicles) based in slough, UK. All (as far as I know) were right hand drive, certainly the 1966 le-mans winners. I think the models you have are 'americanified' to please the yanks who would be shocked at this revelation!

The new 2004 Ford GT, a different car - a new one - built as left hand drive only, but this is not available as a slot yet
 
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