Sports Artist John Robertson's most recent commercial project (upcoming Milwaukee Bucks 2018) the remodel of the NFL Green Bay Packers football stadium suites area that opened in July 2017 – (8 paintings) and three (8 feet by 15 feet) baseball paintings for the new MLB Atlanta Braves stadium that opened in April 2017. Click on the “About” link for more commercial sports stadiums and arenas work.
Tom Brizuela’s 1938 Buck Century car painting. I met Tommy at a recent street car show on Main Street in Ventura, Ca. (Classics on the Coast). There were over 300 cars on display and I took the opportunity to photograph this beautiful Buick Century. Tom has worked for BMW for
a number of years, and, as you can see his main hobby is auto body restoration on pre-1960 vehicles and he does custom car painting.
Facts about 1938 Buick
Some of the interesting facts about a 1938 Buick Century is that the base price started at $1,297. They made a little over 12,000 of these cars. It had an Overhead-valve straight-eight, cast-iron block and cylinder head with a displacement of: 320.2 cubic inches. Horsepower @ rpm: 141 @ 3,600 and Torque @ rpm: 269 @ 2,00.0. The transmission was a Three-speed manual, floor lever. Steering – Saginaw worm and roller. I just put this information in about the steering because I liked the sound of the words ” Saginaw worm and roller.”
My First Cars
When I was growing up in the 50’s my step dad had a gas station and garage. It had one bay and he did every imaginable kind of work on a car. He did ton’s of engine exchanges outside with block and tackle suspended from an “A” frame wooded structure, besides rebuilds from the ground up. Anything a customer wanted he could do. I grew up around a lot of different cars, first working as a gas station attendant, pumping gas, washing all the windows around on the car, checking the oil, water, etc. Later, as I got older I helped out in the shop with the engine work, starting with cleaning parts and working my way up to assembly. I learned a lot about mechanical cars.
My first car was a 1940 Studebaker half ton pickup. I was 15 years old and would get about to get my driver’s learners permit in a half of a year.. My step dad brought the truck home from work (as I recall I paid $100 for it with the money taken out of my earnings at the station) and parked it in the driveway. I had already driven a few cars around so I had some confidence driving. I remember getting into the driver’s side of the cab, with my dad next to me. He was going to let me back it out of the driveway. I promptly engaged the clutch, put the three speed floor shifter into reverse to back out of the driveway. I popped the clutch and promptly drove the truck forward through the garage door. I had put it into first instead of reverse. Thus began my experience of driving my own car.
My firstr large-scale automobile painting was of this Model “A” Ford pickup. I started painting these large scale paintings cars as a diversion from my other “sports” paintings. I was always fascinated with the Model “A’s”. As a teenager I had two Model “A ” Fords, a 1930 and a 1931 five window coupe. Bought them each for
$25.00 (when I was 15 a long, long time ago) and kept them for 8 years. They were both wrecks, but drivable. I drove one of them to high school regularly. The object was to make one good Model “A” Ford out of the two. Never finished the project. When I went into the Navy I put both of them into storage and when I got out I didn’t have- much interest in working on cars. I did keep them for a couple of more years – again driving one of them all over the place. In 1960 I drove one of the Model “A’s”s from Santa Monica Ca. to Flagstaff, Arizona, along old route 66 – long before the interstate 40 was completed. As I recall it took me about 15 hours to make the drive between Santa Monica and Flagstaff. Top cruising speed with the “4banger” engine was about 45 mph. And you couldn’t keep it at that speed. Lots of hills to cross. It sure gave me a taste of what the “John Steinbeck” migration from the east and mid-west to California was like during the 30’s.
A few weeks back I was at a street car show of about a hundred-and-fifty cars and this one I found to be the best. And, of course, as an artist I admired the craftsmanship and artistry of the truck – and wanted to paint it. It is a 1929 Model “A” Ford Pick-up built by Johnny Martinez. The truck runs a small block 384 horsepower Chevrolet with a 200R overdrive. It’s chopped 3 inches. The interior has old style tuck-n-roll stitching. And the exterior is a beautiful “suede” black finish. The nickname for this machine is “Wicked in Suede” Johnny has won over 40 assorted awards with his hot rod and was a winner at the 2013 Grand National Roadster Show – the “Rod Trucks” category. To fully appreciate this vehicle there is a great video on youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojcRkKJ_F90 The painting is i6 feet by 10 feet, ink and acrylic on unstretched canvas.