Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Berry Light Load 6"x6" oil

This cute VW toy car belongs to someone else and I must give it back soon so I am trying to get a lot of "milage" out of it.   I know you are groaning over the pun!  Get over it.   Every time I paint this little car I think I have exhausted every possibility but then later or in a day or two another idea pops into my minds eye and I am compelled to paint another.   Don't you think this little blackberry looks like a very dark christmas tree?   Maybe there should be a north star. ...and this is how it starts.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wide Load 6"x6" oil

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This guy would take up the whole highway if you let him.  Just why does this person have a pear on the car?  To transport it to a new location.  Look honey what I got on sale today!
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Ready for hot water 6"x6" oil

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As some of you know I listen to audio books while I paint and today I started reading or rather listening to "Seabiscuit" and when I look at the painting it reminds me of the jockeys.
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Liz 9"x12" oil

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Liz was our model for today.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

1948 Mercury Eight 6"x6" oil

This 1948 Mercury is the color of butter and has wonderful chrome detailing and I especially love the wing vents!   I miss those on today's cars.   This is the year my sister was born and lets see what else happened.
NASCAR holds it firs t race for modified stock cars at Daytona Beach.
In Russia an earthquake in Turkmenistan kills 110,000.
The summer Olympics were held in London, England.
The winter Olympics were held in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Porsche is founded.
Inventions include: long playing records, velcro, transistor radio, random access storage device.
The game of Scrabble was introduced.
Popular films were: The Red Shoes, The Road to Rio, Easter Parade, and South Pacific opened on broadway.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

1949 Ford 6"x6" oil

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This 1949 Ford might have been a police car because it still has the search lights on it and I saw one just like it today at the Kentucky State Fair in the police exhibit, but it was black of course.  

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

1959 Chevy el Camino 5"x7" oil

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Normally the front grill is interesting but on this 1959 Chevy el Camino it is the back tail lights and fins.  Lets see what else happened in 1959.
A gallon of gas cost 25¢.
A movie ticket was $1.00.
Fidel Castro comes to power in Cuba.
The Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in completed in NYC.
Mattel launched the Barbie Doll. ( I got mine in 1960)
Alaska becomes the 49th state and Hawaii becomes the 50th.
Hudson and Nash join to become AMC, American Motors Association.
US unemployment reaches 1.4 million.
NASA introduces America's first astronauts including John Glenn Jr and Alan Shepard Jr.
Typhoon Vera with winds over 160 mph hits the island Honshu, Japan, killing nearly 5,000.
The first known human with HIV dies in Congo.
The Dalai Lama flees Tibet and obtains political asylum in India.
The US Grammy Music Awards started.
Musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper crashes.
Noted films: Ben Hur, Some Like It Hot, Anatomy of a Murder, North by Northwest, Sleeping Beauty.
Popular TV shows: Bonanza (in color), The Huckleberry Hound show.
Born this year: Simon Cowell, Hugh Laurie.
Inventions (or first use) Microchip, Etch a Sketch, computer modem.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

1937 Ford 5"x7" oil

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The friend I always go to this street rod national show with is always looking for the perfect copper color.   I think this car was it. Here are some interesting facts about 1937.
Unemployment was 14.3%
Gasoline was 10¢ a gallon
Hamburger was 12¢ a pound
Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.
The Hindenburg burst into flames while attempting to moor at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
The increased number of Polio cases in Chicago causes schools to stay closed.
First total solar eclipse in 800 years to exceed 7 minutes of totality.
Disney released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
"Death on the Nile" by Agatha Christie is published.
"The Hobbit" by JRR Tolkien is published.
"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck is published.
Born this year: Jackie Collins, Anthony Hopkins, Shirley Bassey, Loretta Swit, Warren Beatty, Peter Cook, Bill Cosby, Jane Fonda, Morgan Freeman, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Colin Powell, Vanessa Redgrave
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is opened.
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Olivia II 12"x16" oil

I chose a vertical canvas so that I could place the figure off center and allow for the background and drapery fabric to help make color statements.   
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

1936 Packard 6"x6" oil

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This 1936 Packard came from Alabama to attend the National Street Rod show here in Louisville Ky.  This car to me means class!   It was built for comfort and touring and is equipted with two spare tires.   I love this cream color which speaks of elegance.
In 1936 Howard Huges made a record breaking flight from Burbank CA to Newark NJ.
Aer Lingus, Ireland's national airline was founded.
Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade.
February 15, -60° F in Parshall North Dakota.
Sonja Henie, Norway, wins 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold.
1st flight fo airship Hindenburg, Germany.
United Auto Workers stage 1st sit-down strike at Fisher Body Plant.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

1938 Ford V8 6"x6" oil

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I bet who ever bought this Ford brand new back in 1938 never thought that it would still be around and greatly admired in 73 years later in 2011.
In 1938 Franklin D. Roosevelt established the March of Dimes.
Benny Goodman was the first Jazz group to headline at Carnegie Hall, NYC.
The Santa Ana River in CA floods killing 58 people.
Floods and landslides in LA cause 200 deaths.
Oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia.
Action Comics #1 is published, the first publication featuring Superman.
Howard Hughes set a new record, a 91 hour flight around the world.
Seabiscuit defeats War Admiral by four lengths.
Fannie Mae was established.
Adolf Hitler was Time magazine's "Man of the Year" as most influential man.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a box office hit.
Teflon was introduced.
Du Pont announced a name for its new synthetic yarn, "nylon".


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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

1950 Chevy sedan 6"x6" oil

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Here are some interesting tid bits about 1950 the year this Chevy was made.
Korean War begins when North Korean Communist forces invade South Korea.
Communist Chinese forces invade Tibet.
Truman orders development of the hydrogen bomb.
Era of McCarthyism begins.
Saturday morning children's programming begins on TV.
"Guys and Dolls" debuts on Broadway and becomes an instant hit.
Charles Schulz introduces the "Peanuts" comic strip.
"All the King's men" won the Oscars best picture award.
Movies out this year, Sunset Boulevard, All about Eve, Born Yesterday, The Third Man.
A man's all wool suit was $28.95.
A square dance cotton check dress was $3.29.
An electric portable Singer sewing machine was $19.90.
Rib roast was 29¢ per pound.
A roll away bed was $14.95.
The first Xerox machine is produced.
The first self-service elevator is installed by Otis Elevator in Dallas TX.
Oh, and it was the year I was born.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Happy Birthday! 6"x6" oil

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This painting is for Daily Paintworks challenge for this week which is to celebrate Carol Marine's birthday.   This little red Bug is bringing you cheer and best wishes!!   
...Happy Birthday dear Carol, Happy Birthday to you.  I wish you many more!
Thank you for all you do to help us artist to stay motivated, creative and productive.   
You are dearly loved by many!
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

1949 Cadillac 5"x7" oil

A big storm blew through here yesterday and my electricity has been out for 18 hours.   But it is back on now!  So here is my painting of a 1949 Cadillac and some interesting fact about 1949.
Average cost of a new house $7450
Average wage per year $2950
A gallon of gas cost 17 Cents
Average cos of a new car $1420
Minimum hourly wage was 70 cents
6.75 richter scale earthquake in Ecuador killed 6000 and destroyed 50 towns
First Polaroid camera sold for $89.95
President Harry S. Truman authorizes $16 million in aid for Palestinian refugees
The Emmy Awards for US television firs presented
First Volkswagen Beetle sold in US
The first car with a Porsche badge is shown in Germany
The first automatic street lights are installed in New Milford Connecticut
45 rpm record introduced
The world's first commercially available computer The Ferranti Mark 1 released.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Olivia 9"x12" oil

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This was Olivia's first time posing and we thought she did great.  We look forward to having her pose again next week.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

1936 Ford 6"x6" oil

To put this in perspective, here are a few things that happened in 1936, the year this car was made.
Benny Goodman wrote "Stompin at the Savoy"
Green Hornet radio show aired on WXYZ in Detroit.
National Negro Congress organizes in Chicago.
Worlds first superhero appears, The Phantom
First stock car race held in Daytona Beach FL.
1st bicycle traffic court in America established in Racine WI.
"Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell is published.
40 hour work week law is approved.
July 6, 121° F state record in Steele North Dakota.
August 2, 120° F state record set in Seymour TX.
Lou Gehrig is voted MVP.
King Edward VIII abdicates throne to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson.
Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan.
Green Bay packers win NFL.
Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and dummy Charlie McCarthy appears on TV.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

1940 Mercury 6"x6" oil

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This 1940 Mercury was a burgundy color, actually it almost looked black.   This era of car is my favorite, however I don't think I would want a chopped top.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

1955 Ford Truck 6"x6" oil

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This 1955 Ford truck came all the way from Texas and had been lowered so close to the ground that you could only get a piece of paper between the street and the bumper.  Well, maybe you could get two sheets of paper under there, but anyway the cab was so tall that you could not even look into the windows to see the dashboard!  Pretty cool truck!
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Monday, August 8, 2011

1961 Cadillac convertible 5"x7" oil

We were on our way back to our car to go home when we spied this 1961 Cadillac.  The owner was getting into the car to leave when I asked to photograph the car.   Actually it was not his car but his daughter's car.  He wanted to buy her a car and the only one she wanted was this one.   They drove it to Louisville from St Louis MO.    Isn't she a beauty!  The car is black but because it was so shiny it reflected all the colors around it, the sky and grass.
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

1933 Willy 6"x6" oil

Here is the first in my series of cars I saw at the 42nd National Street Rod Show here in Louisville.   This 1933 Willy was beautiful with its shiny orange paint job that was the picture of perfection.   It was one of the last cars I saw as we walked back to our car worn out with all the walking in the hot sun.  I could not wait until I was home, showered and had a glass of cool ice tea in hand.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Mario 6"x6" oil

This painting has a lot of darks so when it is photographed while still wet it gets too much glare.  When it dries I will reshoot.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Black coffee 5"x7" oil

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This morning for breakfast I had black coffee and a pear.   See the reflection of the pear in the spoon?

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Breakfast 6"x6" oil

This was my breakfast.  Black coffee and cherries.   Yes cherries... I had more than one. 

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Another road block 6"x6" oil on panel

Not another road block!   I think if I get up enough speed I could break through just like in the movies, although I might get some red juice on the car but what the heck!  It will match the car!

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