ONE OF THE BEST THINGS about attending classic boat shows is the people you meet and the relationships that develop long after the show is over. We first crossed paths with Doug Meythaler in 2013 during the busy Gull Lake Classic Boat Show in Bar Harbor, Minnesota. Doug is from Golden Valley, MN – just outside Minneapolis.
In 2014 we featured some of Doug’s artwork for a Woody Boater header, and then last week Doug posted a photo (above) of his latest classic boating artwork on our Facebook page. We were (once again) inspired by his work and asked Doug to tell us more about his studio and his outstanding work. – Texx
Doug Meythaler noted – My latest artwork is of a 1934 Hacker Gold Cup Racer. I saw this boat at the Gull Lake Classic Boat Show. This boat really grabs your attention. You know its purpose instantly and that is to go fast. Not only is the wood beautiful, the lines are great too. When I saw it I knew I needed to create a piece with this boat in it.
I chose to do this piece as a pencil drawing. Most of my drawings are usually study sketches for my paintings. With this piece I wanted a completed drawing with a wider range in values. This image really seemed to lend itself to a black and white rendering.
The deep rich wood grain framed by all the bright work was fun and challenging to render. With the boat in the foreground and the tree lined lake in the background, the viewer is invited to imagine themselves at the lake admiring this magnificent boat.
Thanks to Woody Boater for allowing me to share this piece with you. Thank you, as well, to the owners of these beautiful boats who bring them out to share them with the public.
This piece is sold but if you are interested in my work you can follow me on my Doug Meythaler Studio Facebook page. No Facebook account needed unless you want to leave a comment. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also see my works on my YouTube Channel.
Sincerely, Doug Meythaler
Here is a great video from Doug’s YouTube Channel where you can see the Hacker Gold Cup artwork come to life.
BACKGROUND / BIO
After receiving his BFA from Iowa State University, Doug Meythaler has been painting professionally for over 23 yrs. Doug has produced work for private commissions, corporate collections, the collectables industry and gallery work. He works mainly in watercolor and acrylics in a realistic style.
Doug’s body of award winning work has included portraiture, sports themed art, automotive and racing art. More recently Doug has taken time away from focusing on his art to be a stay-at-home-parent to his three girls. Now that his girls are a little older Doug has started to refocus on his art. Doug’s affinity for classic cars and boats comes through in his artwork.
Special thanks to Doug for sharing your beautiful artwork with us here today.
Of course our special connection to “Ethyl-Ruth IV” – Lee Anderson’s 1934 Hacker Gold Cup Racer – came when Steve Lively (from Anderson’s Classic Boat Museum in Nisswa, MN) offered to take us out for a “high performance” ride on Nisswa Lake. It was a memorable boat ride in a historic boat…
We are anticipating that “Ethyl-Ruth IV” will be on display later this year during the Antique & Classic Boat Society 40th Annual Meeting and International Boat Show at Gull Lake, Minnesota – September 23-26, 2015.