I’m not a big fan of clowns. In fact, I find most clowns a little scary (much like the Kramer character in one of my favorite shows, “Seinfeld” does). However, when I saw this photo my husband Jim took at a local classic car cruise night, I imagined that the clown who originally owned and drove it was probably not the scary kind at all. I mean, just look at this thing – it looks like a loaf of Wonder Bread with wheels!
The van itself is no joke. It’s a 1970 Subaru model known as a Sambar. It resembles a 1960s VW bus, but it’s a lot smaller -- not even 10 feet long. Like the VW bus, it’s got it engine in the back, but that, too, is even smaller and less powerful – just two cylinders and 20 horsepower for this hotrod.
The owner relayed how he bought it from Lucky the Clown 20 years ago. Lucky was active in the Pennsylvania / Delaware area, he said. I’d love to paint up one of these in my style, but for driving, I much prefer the safety and comfort of my modern Subaru Forester.
In the previous post's photo, I'm in my studio, painting "Flowing with the Fishes.” Here’s what the painting means to me:
Going with the flow.
Living in the moment.
Honoring your natural rhythms.
Finding the thrill in the unknown.
Moving toward joy.
What does this artwork mean to you? This nearly completed acrylic painting is 24" x 24" and priced at $650. To reserve it, please email me.
Recently, I was featured in a post on the Arts Business Institute (ABI) blog entitled, Studio Inspiration. This photo was included on the blog, and it shows me working on my latest acrylic painting, “Flowing with the Fishes.” Read more here.
Got junk? Make animals! That’s exactly what inspiring street artist, Arturo Bordalo II did as described in Good Magazine. He recycles junk into extraordinary, mammoth sized 3D animal art that boldly enriches the city of Lisbon, Portugal. The artist incorporates materials like old tires, scrap metal, steering wheels, oil paint, and bumpers to form impressive, larger-than-life 3D murals on walls and back alleys throughout the city.
As an environmental activist and animal lover who also paints animals, the article piqued my interest. Maybe someday I could do something similar. Such a project feels larger than life and community-oriented, which I find appealing. Read more here.
Good news. Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore. Now adults have permission to color, not that you needed it. A recent New York Times article backs up what I’ve been doing for years -- coloring like a seven-year-old and loving it.
Coloring books are gaining popularity, and it’s relaxing, meditative and good for your soul. You might be tempted to color with your child, grandchild, nephew or niece. Do it! Just bring along your own coloring book for grown-up stimulation and interest. Of course, coloring alone by a fire or with a cup of herbal tea is a soothing combination, especially if you’re feeling stressed. Sometimes I just dump a box of crayons and colored pencils on the bed and color to relax myself before sleep.
Amazon has a variety of coloring books to choose from. My personal favorite is "Coloring Mandalas 1," by Susanne F. Fincher.