|Welcome to AdirondackSnowcatAndVintageTractor.com!|
and Vintage Tractor began some years ago as a joke for a reality TV
nut pal of mine. My idea was that Adirondack Snowcat and
Vintage Tractor would be the name of a shop (his) in the reality TV
show of the same name. As I joked more and more about it, and
created script ideas about the concept, I grabbed the website name.
It was all the continuation of the original goofy joke.
That winter, after buying a Tucker Sno-Cat, I went to Utah to save my newly diabetic life. While I was a ski bum at Alta I kept seeing (mostly on the Summer Road) lots of interesting vintage snowcats. As the winter wore on, and I needed something additional to do, I turned to an old flame art. I found a great oil painting teacher and decided that creating a dozen or so snowcat paintings would be a worthy goal. (I really needed one!)
Now a few years later I've painted dozens of snowcats. I don't know if I will ever paint another--but I wouldn't be surprised. I have some ideas and who knows maybe some day?
(Ironically, I've still have yet to drive my Tucker Sno-Cat in the snow. Next winter for sure!)
Sometimes I wonder why everyone doesn't want an identical collection of snowcat paintings!!! Full size they are amazing! Some 20x larger than shown here. Commissions welcome. email@example.com Warren :-)
The Snowcat Painting Story Video
Colors are probably the most accurate in the top photo but the texture is terrible. You can see texture problems in many of the site's snowcat painting photos. The surface of an oil painting has a glossy texture from the gloss of the oil paint and the uneven surface of the brushstrokes/paint thickness. (Brushstrokes go in many directions and grab/reflect light differently.) Light for the camera glares off the glossy texture of the painting--and makes the photos look unsatisfactory. I'm told you need two filtered light sources at opposing forty-five degree angles from the painting. The camera also needs a filter of some sort. Then high quality photo processing software comes in. Even with everything mentioned above there is still the camera's issue of trying to get the light correct for a sky much brighter than the ground (a general issue with cameras). So please forgive photo quality.
Much better look at the Tucker Painting! (22 sec.)
Here's another (BETTER) video of the modified cat painting. You can see how the camera changes color/brightness.
It's a form of torture to try to get everything correctly! Maybe impossible without a proper studio.
Questions or comments? Got a snowcat photo you would like painted? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Paintings currently for sale!