Waves at Pebble Beach Concours – Hot Rod Art

Hot Rod Art by Tom Fritz at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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(Click picture for full size) “What D’Ya Reckon She’ll Do?” – Oil on canvas, 41″ x 27″

Catch Hot Rod Artist and overall cool-guy at the upcoming Pebble Beach car show. Tom Fritz art has been featured several times here at MyRideisMe.com for a simple reason: Tom’s paintings inspire! Tom captures the coolest hot rods and vintage motorcycles in vivid colors, but what you’ll remember is the emotion seen in every painting. You’ll wonder, what’s that guy thinking?

It’s my pleasure to see Tom all over SoCal and at Barrett Jackson in Arizona, and it will be yours too at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The show runs from August 17-21 with the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) Exhibition on Sunday, August 21.

Here’s Tom prepping you for the show and his new paintings:

Two globs of oil are scooped up and shmushed onto the sheet of glass I use as a palette. A couple quick swirls and the color is pretty close to what I’m looking for. A little modification with a previously mixed color satisfies my eyeball, so I scoop it up with the brush, turn back to the canvas, and…

I look at the painting. Nothing. I look again, expanding the cone of my vision. Still nothing. I hold up my hand-mirror and look at the image in the mirror. The loaded brush is still sitting in my grip, locked, loaded, but just idling…
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Another look.

That moment is here. The moment when another stroke is unnecessary; anything else I do to the painting won’t add a thing. It’s finished. The painting is finished. It’s not done… cakes are ‘done’ — paintings are finished, and that moment has arrived. Sign it, varnish it, frame it, throw it in the truck and get it up to Pebble Beach for the annual show.

What no-one ever sees is the jig I do when I discover I’ve just completed the last of the three “never-before-displayed” paintings required for the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. I call it a jig, because that’s what it is. It’s not really a cavort. A cavort is that dance we artists do after making a sale, or after the judge considers your paintings aren’t good enough to be considered community property.

I counted them. I lined up the canvases and counted… one, two, three… four.
Four? I counted them again. Shit. Four. I created FOUR NEW paintings.

Good thing no one was in the studio shooting video because I started busting moves like M.C. Hammer. Can you imagine if this video showed up at my sanity hearings?

Well, so there I was, all worn out, out of breath, wondering how I’d explain my footprints in the “cottage cheese” on the studio ceiling to Molly, when the thought occurred… “I gotta show these to people”. And then I thought of all my friends who wouldn’t be able to be at the show.

So here y’all go. Here are the four paintings. One of them will be reserved as my choice for the judging for the Peter Helck Award (Best of Show as determined by the artists themselves).

The paintings are reserved for sale at the Pebble Beach Exhibition, but prints are available of all four. Hollar at me if you just gotta have one.
-Tom Fritz

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“Incident At Twenty Mile” – Oil on canvas, 36″ x 18″

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“Locals” – Oil on canvas, 36″ x 30″

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“Out Quicker Than A Hiccup” – Oil on canvas, 48″ x 24″

If you can’t get enough of Tom’s art, check out how he creates it in this story. It’s one of the best at MyRideisMe.com. I just wish I wrote it!

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