Stars and Cars: Jimi Hendrix with His Corvette Stingray, Paul Newman with His Racing Datsun, Steve McQueen and the Bullit Mustang, and Bo Diddley with 1957 Chevy - Page 2
Years later, as Chris Osborne developed an interest in portraits and the design elements of cars for her paintings, Steve McQueen and his Bullit Mustang became one of her subjects. “Some people have asked me if during that visit I went to see the cars in his garage and I regret to say it wasn’t something I thought of on that day,” Osborne related.
Chris Osborne was delighted when Matt Stone, editor of Motor Trend magazine, asked to use her painting of Steve McQueen as the frontispiece to his book McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon.
“Matt Stone told me that when he and Chad do car events in California they sign copies of the book on "my" painting page,” said Osborne.
The original 30 x 46 inch acrylic painting of Jimi Hendrix and his 1969 Corvette Stingray was created by nationally award winning artist Chris Osborne and featured in a two page spread in Guitar Player magazine.
“The more facts I can gather when creating a painting, the more exciting it is for me,” said Chris Osborne. For her painting Jimi Hendrix and his 1969 Corvette Stingray, Osborne added elements from her research, including the his Fender Stratocaster, also known as the Jimi Hendrix Woodstock Guitar complete with Woodstock guitar strap.
“I placed Jimi and the car at the lovely Ashokan Reservoir at the foot of the Catskills near his house,” Osborne explained. “To add to the narrative quality of the painting, I read all of his song lyrics and I was drawn to some visual items that could be woven in, such as a line from Voodoo Chile: "set me on an eagle's wing" and a line in Little Wing: "butterflies and zebras". This gave me an opportunity to make references in paint to the poetic nature of the musician. And, by the way, I saw a bald eagle over Route 28 on my way to photograph the reservoir!”