Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cruising Main Street, In Remembrance

This is going to be a different kind of post for me, sort of.

I come from a large family, with 4 sisters and 2 brothers.  We grew up in Tempe & Mesa, Arizona, with the family still residing in the area. (except me? awwww *sniff)  Cruising Main was just a right of passage... true "American Graffiti" style. At least until Mesa passed a law against it, sadly my kids never got to experience that thrill.

We lost our oldest brother Bill, (aka "Bull" ) late last month.

As a little girl in Tempe, I remember Dad and Bill working on Dad's race cars. Dirt tracks, ovals and even the demolition derby. Bill always loved his cars.


With the kind of horsepower that rumbles thru your whole body, healthy, deep, loud, raw, loping kind of horsepower. Before I left home, I spent quite a bit of time fetching tools for him while he worked on his car. Even earned grease under my fingernails a time or two. There was the time he let me drive his precious Ford truck.. my very first time behind the wheel. He forgot to explain the lack of power steering to this 14 year old, petite, skinny armed girl, who could barely see over the hood nor did he explain that the slower you go, the harder it is to turn! I nearly ran his truck into the neighbors large decorative boulder.. and I never lived it down. lol.

Over the years Bull restored and customized quite a few projects, then he'd sell it, and start all over on a new one. He also helped start a local car club called "The Pack". Car buffs, old cars, classic cars, new ones, custom rods, works in progress, all were there. Car shows, Rod Runs, awards, ribbons and trophies... his Buddies in The Pack, that was Bull.

Last Saturday Family joined "The Pack" in one last Memorial Rod Run down Main Street in Mesa, in Bill's honor. A perfect tribute.  

 This was Bills last project, the one he'd had the longest. This '56 Bel-air was a labor of love.

My nephew Brian behind the wheel, heading up our cruise.

Brian parking in Bills  spot at The Packs
regular Saturday evening hang out in East Mesa.

Thank you Jack & Nelda.
Bob, thank you.

Sadly, it wasn't until I went thru these pictures that I realized my brother Bull was an artist too. He just used a different type of medium. These cars are works of art. Bill worked on his with his own hands. He put just as much thought and planning into his car as I do a new painting.

 How did I never see that? Oh, how I wish I had!

I would have told him.

To "The Pack" ...

Thank you!


The fuzzy dice above will make it to my easel  ... just not yet.
A final toast to my Big Brother Bull... You will be missed and I love you.

 SEE YA!                                                 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Boot's WIP 4

I got to work about 3 hours on this today... it's coming along pretty quickly,
all things considered....

I'm still using solvents after several layers of pencil application, then more pencil on top of that.
Still a long way to go!

"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time, or the soft sounds of your memories."

Friday, May 6, 2011

Boot's WIP 3

I managed a few hours in the studio yesterday........

Oh c'mon admit it... you thought they were going to be brown  ;)

"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time, or the soft sounds of your memories."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Boot's WIP 2

My intention was to dive into this CPSA Silent Auction Donation piece quickly,
getting it done without to much fuss. Unfortunately, I had to leave town unexpectedly,
finally managing to get back to my studio yesterday, then this piece today.

In order to speed things up I've taken a brush and odorless mineral spirits to the layers. I don't
have to worry about damaging the "paper" because Uart handles it beautifully.

Thanks for dropping in, and keep scribbling!

"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time, or the soft sounds of your memories."

Monday, May 2, 2011

The list is out!

It's always nice to see your name on the list!  My little portrait, Vintage Beauty" was accepted, WHOOT!

For those of you waiting for the list of accepted artists for the 2011 International
CPSA Exhibition in Dallas this year... here it is! Congratulations to all those accepted :D


"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time, or the soft sounds of your memories."