Still Life with Tractor Tire

still life painting with tractor tire
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Size: 12″ w x 16″ h
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: A still life painting of a tractor tire, an ordinary farm object. This work of art will not need a frame as the painted composition extends around the edges of the canvas. Hand-painted and signed by fine artist Teresa Bernard.

See Artist Comments below for additional information regarding this painting.

tractor tire painting
Not to scale

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Artist Comments

This oil painting was a little bit of an experiment for me. Sometimes I like to give myself challenges. In this particular challenge, I wanted to see if I could paint rubber and make it look like rubber. I think I achieved that goal. What do you think?

What I like most about this painting is the different textures present in it — the wood, the rubber, and even the rusty metal rim. It was an enjoyable challenge painting all those textures and getting them just right. In addition, there are warm colors that contrast against the cool ones. There are so many neat things happening in this painting; it was just a fun one to paint!

I believe an artist’s environment significantly influences the type of art they create — I know it does me. I can always find some interesting objects to paint here on our small Texas ranch; however, I don’t limit myself. I do paint other locations too. When we go on vacation, I always take my camera with me to capture as much as possible in photos that will be used someday as reference material for future paintings.

This painting would be the perfect art piece for the man cave, especially if you love farm tractors or cars. I can imagine no one would have ever thought a tractor tire would be the focal point for a painting, but it isn’t the only farm equipment I’ve painted. A few years back, I did a painting of some horse tack too. Check out Barn Door with Horse Tack.

Still Life with Tractor Tire reminds me of another painting I did several years ago. It also has a lot of texture. It is called Marine Still Life with Boat Fenders.

Paintings Index of still life
Barn Door With Horse Tack (2003)
12″ w x 9″ h
Still Life With Boat Fenders marine art
Marine Still Life With Boat Fenders (2003)
9″ w x 12″ h

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Other Paintings Of Interest

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Still Life With Clay Pottery (2006)
14″ w x 11″ h
Still Life with Coral and Lantern painting
Still Life With Coral And Lantern (2004)
14″ w x 11″ h
Still Life with Fruit and Candle painting
Still Life With Fruit And Candle (2004)
14″ w x 11″ h

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Basic Art Element — Texture

basic art element texture
A study in texture. Oil painting by Teresa Bernard.

Texture is a basic element of art. Anything that has a surface has texture. Texture is the way a surface looks and feels. It is experienced in two ways — with touch (tactile) and our eyes (visually). Fine artists often use texture in the following ways:

    • Create a focal point.
    • Add interest.
    • Provide contrast.
    • Visually balance their compositions.

Texture is essential in paintings to make objects appear to be real. Even in abstract paintings, texture can enhance the viewer’s experience by suggesting certain feelings or moods regarding the artwork. Texture can also serve to organize and unify various areas of a composition.

Texture can either add to or take away from the overall effect of the composition. When it is used haphazardly or in the wrong way, it can confuse or clutter the painting. However, when used with deliberate skill, texture will bring a composition together, creating the illusion of realism and unity.

The Two Types of Texture — Tactile and Visual

Tactile texture is the real thing. It is the actual way a surface feels when it is felt or touched, such as rough, smooth, soft, hard, silky, slimy, sticky, etc. 3-D art such as sculpture and architectural structures are tactile because they can be felt. Examples of natural texture would be wood, sandpaper, canvas, rocks, glass, granite, metal, etc.

Even the brush strokes used in a painting can create a textured surface that can be felt and seen. The building up of paint on the surface of a canvas or board to make actual texture is called impasto. Painters may choose to apply their paints thickly or thinly depending on the overall effect they wish to achieve.

Visual texture is not actual texture. All textures you observe in photographs are visual textures. No matter how rough objects may seem to appear in a picture, the photograph’s surface is always going to be smooth and flat to the touch.

Artists can create the illusion of texture in their paintings by simulation or implying it through the use of various art elements such as line, shading, and color. It is created by repeating lines, dots, or other shapes to create a pattern. Varying the size, density, and orientation of these marks will produce other desired effects as well.

Common Textures

Although there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of different textures, all textures will fall under two broad categories — rough and smooth. For example:

Rough Smooth
Course Fine
Bumpy Slick
Dry Wet
Flat Wrinkled
Scaly Silky
Glossy Matte
Sandy Slimy
Hairy Bald
Hard Soft
Prickly Velvety
Sharp Dull
Sticky Slippery

Your Next Art Lesson

If you enjoyed this lesson, be sure to check out another one in this series.

The Basic Elements of Art (Introduction)

Basic Art Element — Color, Part 1

Basic Art Element — Color, Part 2

Basic Art Element — Line

Basic Art Element — Space

Basic Art Element — Texture — You are here

Basic Art Element — Value

More Art Lessons

Good Design Principle: An Introduction

Good Design Principle: Balance

Good Design Principle: Contrast

Good Design Principle: Emphasis

Good Design Principle: Movement

Good Design Principle: Proportion

Good Design Principle: Space

Good Design Principle: Visual Economy

Good Design Principle: Unity

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UPDATED: 07 June 2021

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