Shooting Pinstriping

Photographing Pinstriping or Paintings in general can sometimes be a challenge, there are layers and reflection that can hide the detail of your painting.
I was lucky enough to have access to a camera with a polarized lens, the lens is adjustable and takes out the glare and making the colors pop.

Below is a Pinstriping panel I painted in 2010, I had never be able to get good picture until now.

Roadwarrior

I painted two more sales samples for The Roadwarrior Team they display these units at trade shows, below is a photo before I painted on the white road lines and for good measure my signature on the bottom ;)

Age is no longer a factor!

I've been slacking off on posting work and have been spend lots of time with my kids.

Meet a 2012 Mustang, owned by very interesting 72 year old gentalmen,  I had the pleasure of spending a couple hours in his company talked about his cars and sales career.




TGIF Irish Quote

Kennedy

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
-JFK

Roadwarrior

I had fun with this lettering project, a larger truck part for trade show.

The customer did a stop motion video at the same time for there partners and I hope I can post it once released.

When Science Fails

“Why is my red signs fading”  it’s true red does fade much faster than anything else no matter the material, but not to worry, there is a work around and it’s quite effective.

The science behind it is rather interesting but I will not bore you with the details, I’ll let an expert do that! "The red dyes are more susceptible to fading because they look red and thus absorb blue, and blue is the higher-energy light," notes David Erhardt of the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education.

Well there you have it, all your burning questions have been answered;  I have seen a lot of faded red signs that are faded and I’m sure you have too.

The work around is an easy fix for your ‘sign guy’ should be able to help you when you’re the sign is built, the process can be different depending on the materials used and simply put it’s a UV coating to protect the colour pigment.


If you have a red sign please make sure you get it UV coated and remember ”A business with no sign is a sign of no business”

Celtic Knots

More hand painted sign.

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I have the opportunity to work in a local Irish pub,
Walsh's Snug in Newcastle.
I spend the night after hours painting the floor.
It was great fun and close to home!

 celtic knots

Health and Safety

This is not an Art post but one of importance.

Paint fumes are a very real danger and I do prefer not to wear a respirators and will always have a fan and door/window open when painting.

Respirators have advanced in the last 20 years sins I have been around the industry of painting there  are everything from half face respirators to full face with powered filters that are on a belt.

I personal us the 3M half face respirators but have a number of 3M GVP cartridges for sale on amazon as they do have a best before date and I will never use the all.  


If you do not wear protective gear please do so, all the safety gear now fits great and why spend your weekends in the emergency when you can enjoy it at home!

Zebra Truck Paint Job

Super fun paint job over the last week, not totally Pinstriping, but Custom Paint just the same. 

Paint a Zebra Car is now off my bucket list. 

The design has function as well as great looks, there were a number of rust spots and rock chips hidden under the strips. 

This was a very rejuvenating project and could not have been done without great customers!


Carved Sign

This is one of many to come!

A test carve on a personal theme, one of reloading my own health and energy.

Hang tight more paint and metal,, coming soon!

RELOAD

Steven McQueen

"I live for myself and I answer to nobody." Steven McQueen, born on this day in 1930

 

Carved letters

Class in session, I am taking a wood carving class from Dan Gallagher he is a skilled carver with a vast catalog, please have a look at his site.

The below carvings are from my first class.







Happy St. Patrick's Day

Enjoy a pint and company today.


Here attached is the Penelope Pitstop pinstripe panel finished and sold at Motorama this past weekend.

Motorama Car Show weekend in Toronto

I almost forgot to post that I will be at Motorama this weekend with the usual lineup of suspects. New show! New format! Come check it out. http://www.motoramashow.com

Old tool box

Here is a photo of my old tool box, it now holds brushes and Pinstriping supplies.

I did the Pinstriping on the front over seven years ago while working in a new pinstriping brush.

Old Paint

Found some of my old Warhammer Orcs. I painted when I was much much younger then I am now.

These are about 25 years old and small, sitting on top 1" Square bases, about 2" tall!

Sign supply

Had a box on the front step when I got home.
Going to try out smalt an old sign technique.

Winter Time

Is the best time in Canada and if you do not think so you are missing out!

I had the pleasure of lettering a long time friends Sled late last night, it was parked just long enough for the reg numbers to be redone.

Mexican painted signs

In October myself the wife and kids went to Mexico for some fun and sun. I love Mexico and always enjoy seeing all the hand painted signs through out the country side, they are everywhere.

We took a day trip into an old Spanish village and I could have spent all day walking around just looking at hand painted signs (we had 55mins), it would take months of driving around Ontario to find even a quarter of the signs I saw in one day.

We have the same vinyl signs slapped up everywhere.

Be unique and install a hand painted sign, I know just the person to do it ;)

Show your true colors and be unique!

First paint in months

I have to admit I have not been able to paint for months, even with doctors orders to stay home most of December the pain has shot my energy and the pills have shot my mind. I have not been able to paint a damn thing. 

This is how I feel. 

I'm happy to have painted but the lettering screams do over!


Target Canada

It's time to build a .ca, I have been getting lots of traffic from the USA, China, as well as Europe. The logs do not lie, I have been going over the logs a lot in the last couple months and if you are reading this what are your thoughts on the subject of local dot.coms.

In my effort to attract more Canadian customers, I will setup a .ca and hope it will get more traction with Google and fellow Canadians, focusing on my local municipality.

What do you think??

Payment options

Pinstriping by Square now has
Payment by Square 

Now excepting all major credit cards

click the the SquareUp logo for a real good signup deal!