11″x14′ Oil on canvas
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” -Walter (Walt) Elias Disney, Animator and Entrepreneur 1901-1966
Today, on this wet, gray, cloudy day, we ventured out to get our Christmas tree. We stopped at a local farmer’s market where we had been told had a nice variety of trees at reasonable prices. But truth be known, it wasn’t the trees and prices that caught my eye. As I parked the truck in the lot, I looked up to see a rusty, old ’36 Ford Sedan acting as a display. I immediately headed to the car, walking by rows of lovely, evergreen trees, smelling for all intents and purposes, like Christmas, stuck on spikes for our inspection. I noticed they had built a steamy waterfall flowing out over the top of the radiator, of course, further rotting and rusting the sculpted, classic grill. The young man told me that was done to make it look like the radiator had ruptured when it came through the wall of the shed, which it was protruding from. Being more interested in the car than the trees, I stepped inside the shed to inspect the rest of the car, a four-door sedan with suicide doors. Much to my surprise, the car was in quite good shape and very restorable! Ah, if only I had money!! Oh yes, we (my wife) found a tree in record time, but I couldn’t get that old sedan off my mind.
So, this post is a pretty cool little ’48 Ford Convertible, black with red scallops and white walls. It is a real car, as opposed to one that I made up from my feeble, yet fertile little mind. Wait, can a mind be feeble AND fertile? Oh well, I digress; I can’t remember where I found it on the web, but I knew that I had to paint it. I am a sucker for fat fenders all day! I sketched it in oils, my usual way, and began slapping on the color. It was an enjoyable piece, like most of them are.
I can’t get that little Ford sedan off my mind. Of course, even if I had the money, the guy might not want to sell it, it being his display and all. But it sure is fun to dream about taking that thing home and bringing it back to life! I’m thinking beefy flathead power, 4-speed, dropped front axle, new grill, of course… sigh, shiny black paint, maybe red wire rims with wide whitewall tires from where else, Coker Tire Company (no relation), etc, etc. Dreaming is so much fun. But then the cool thing is, I can have that car and so many more by just creating them on canvas! Hmmm. Well, as Walt Disney said; time to “quit talking and begin doing”. On to my next creation. -Enjoy!