Whadda ya want, I planted a garden!

It has been a while since I’ve posted or made much art. A break from the studio, a connection with the outside world (friends, nature) and some time working on a vast ta-do list was much needed. And that is still the plan for the rest of the year (sort of).  I did however create one new piece, a departure from the cars, I will post that later+>

In the meantime, if you’re in the vicinity of Peekskill, NY and missed my massive show at the Ossining Library, you can check out some car paintings at the Peekskill Coffee House through the month of July. Git’ yourself a iced drink and cool off in this very lovely coffee house, the beating heart of Peekskill.

Cars at the Peekskill Coffee House 2014


The Fiat…

In-the-Sun_Fiat-MoroccoThat’s right, it’s a Fiat.

It’s not to often I stray from “American” cars. I believe this is only the second. And wait, what?!…it doesn’t even have any chrome on it!  It’s got a plastic bumper and it’s like sort of new or at least only 20 years old…or less (I don’t actually know the year of this one-if anyone has any suggestions feel free to comment). Perhaps the Moroccan location of this car and the hot sun beating down on this little guy inspired me. Friends feed me car photos all the time and few stick but this one did. Thanks SharaNikoPhoto!

Paintings, Shows

The Conductor at Beale Street Barber Shop

There’s still time to check out the art show at Beale Street Barber Shop. This show will be on view through January 26th, 2013.

The Conductor, just made it into this show and I completely forgot to post it at completion. But here it is…be sure and check it out in person. Beale Street Barber Shop, 907 South Street, Peekskill, NY

Conductor (65 Barracuda)
The Conductor (1965 Barracuda), 20 x 32

Sal’s Ride (RIP)

There is an interesting story that goes along with this particular car. It goes back to when I purchased my first car that started my whole car painting craze. It was a 1973 Dodge Dart purchased from an old man named Winsper in Warwick Rhode Island. My husband and I drove it back to our Rockaway Beach studio.  Quickly I understood I needed a mechanic.  I was referred to one in Long Island City by a neighbor from our Brooklyn days.  His name was Sal and he ran a somewhat underground garage with no windows and a few big crazy dogs. Sal worked on mostly classic cars and did custom paint jobs (did I say there where no windows or vents in his garage?)

Sal was a short Italian guy (I think I had 3 inches on him at 5 ft 2) who only drove really big cars including this pink Cadillac with tricked out fins and a late 60’s two toned Lincoln.  Sal was also an Elvis impersonator. I wish I had taken more pictures because the guy had the trunk of this car lined with satin and filled with Elvis collectables. He was into it.

He was not the greatest mechanic, but he wasn’t a gouger either. I drove the dart with a broken tie rod for the first year and a half  I had the car thinking that was just how they handled. Eventually, he was unreachable due to numerous hospital visits for some respiratory illness. I think well of him and I often wonder where that ol’ car might be now.

commentary, Shows

Peekskill Open Studios is this Weekend!

Some of my paintings will be appearing at the Peekskill Coffee House and the Westchester Community College gallery at 27 North Division as part of the Peekskill Open Studios (Sat & Sun, June 2 & 3, 2012 – 12 to 5 pm).

Peekskill Coffee House
Group Show
101 N. Division Street
Peekskill, NY
(show up through the month of June)

Westchester Community College
Center for Digital Arts
“Points of View”
June 2 – July 27, 2012
Artist’s Reception: Thursday, June 7 5 pm – 7 pm
27 North Division
Peekskill, NY