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Friday, December 23, 2011

The Beetle

The Beetle  © Peter Gander

Back to acrylics for this new painting, a Christmas present for my eleven year-old son Jack. It’s our bottle-green Mexican import Volkswagen Beetle, in the (much lovelier) old style of body design, though only a decade old as it was one of the last run of Mexican imports made in the retro style in 2003. Jack loves classic cars and is very fond of this motor (as I am) and asked that I paint if for him months ago, so he should be chuffed with this. I had got to the stage where the car was finished on a plain white canvas and something was lacking, so I gave it a bit more of a cooler, urban feel, with spattered and running paint. (Hope he’s too busy to be looking at my website before Christmas Day ;)


  1. Hi Peter
    Absolutely love the Beetle. My first car, too many years ago to recall, was a 1963 model in a rather boring beige. Sold it for £75 with 120,000 miles on the clock.
    Have a very happy Christmas
    Nigel Lambert

  2. nice piece. love the contrast between the realistic and the drippiness. happy holidays peter!

  3. Hi Nigel & Steve, thanks for your comments and happy Christmas and New Year! Sounds like your old Beetle 'came off the production line' the same year that I did Nigel!

  4. Get it on a t-shirt for Vanfest!