Friday, June 27, 2008
"Roadtrip in a Pink '58 Ford Star Customline", 2008, Oil on linen on board, 14.6 x 14.6cm (5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches)
I came across this beautiful pink 1958 Ford Star Customline at Port Lincoln some 8 hours drive from Adelaide, I managed to speak to the driver to discover that he and his wife along with another couple in their FJ Holden had driven all the way from Sydney (which is about 24 hours drive from Lincoln at the speed limit, going the most direct route). I was so impressed on so many levels, firstly, how much better cars were designed 50 years ago and how they, with lots of care, can outlast the hunks of metal modern car manufacturers serve up for us to buy now. What went wrong! Why can't we produce good looking electric cars that don't look like trolleys but more like beautiful works of art that we actually are proud to drive around. The other thing that impressed me, was that these couples were taking the time off from life to travel and use the cars, BRAVO! Oh and I did get to hear the engine a little later, all V8 180kw of power of it, it purred beautifully...
Monday, June 16, 2008
"Michelin Man" 2008 Oil on linen on board, 12.6x12.6cm (5"x5")
This lovely sign, resides at the sleepy town of Streaky Bay on South Australia's beautiful coastline of the Eyre Peninsula, which is about a couple of hours drive from Port Lincoln. It is so rare to see one of these signs in such good condition, he was like a beacon in the town for me against the clear blue sky.
Friday, June 13, 2008
"Rita" 2008 Oil on linen on board, 12.5x18cm (5"x7")
This is the first painting study I've done for my new work which I've called "Rita" after my grandmother. It is taking awhile to resolve my new direction, but I feel like I'm finally making some headway. It won't be until next year that the larger work will be on exhibition but I cannot wait to be standing in a room of these large dark paintings.