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Collection: Pop Art Collection #2
30 years I've worked as a fine artist, scenic artist and prop master and have enjoyed working for many major theme parks and movie studios. Now retired, I've always wanted to work with my own cloth designs. Now I will
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This is a photo of the passenger side door of my old painted VW after some guy hit me and totaled her out. I paid $300.00 for her when she was all yel
This is a photo of the passenger side door of my old painted VW after some guy hit me and totaled her out. I paid $300.00 for her when she was all yellow. I painted her before I drove her. I drove that VW for 14 years, traveling to parades and art events around the country. What you don't see in this picture is that for most of that 14 years I had a faux flower garden in the front. I was commissioned to show her at The Birmingham Fine Arts Museum for the opening of a folk art exhibit along with many other art cars from around the country. We appeared in the Harrod Blank documentary Automorphisis and also on National Geographic. The car opened up many doors to me and took me on adventures I had never even dreamed of before she joined my life story. Life becomes a parade when you drive an art car everyday for 14 years. This is my third and final (lol) entry for the hand drawn Spoonflower contest.
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Sponflower won't let me post the photos, I guess because the aren't fabric related in general but here is the link to one that shows the flower garden and one of her as a Southern Bell. http://www.flickr.com/photos/at-whimzwhirled/9587407445
Posted about 3 years ago.
Kathleen, so nice of you to find Flower Power2 ( squared). Brings back so many fun memories. I met and became friends with so many great and creative folks across the nation with her. I couldn't even count the number of strangers we posed for pictures with along the dusty road. It was so awesome to live in a world were everyone loved you for something. lol For a 5 times Leo it was full soul nurishment on a daily bases. One year I weilded a seat on top of her and made a huge blue velvet and white lace southern bell dress that fit over the car with a friend of mine on top wearing a corset. I built the skirt of the dress over a dome tent. I drove her that way in the big art car parade at Houstons Spring festival that year and did the performance at the art car ball. I'll try to dig up a photo of her as a southern bell.
wow this is the best buggy story ever - so glad I happened over here to read it. Bravo !! for the art the car and the story I bow at the waist.
I left out an important part of the story. When I got to Toad hall they had buried VW's in the front of the house at a 53 degree angle like the Caddy's. The same angle of the Egyptian pyramids. They had an outdoor pool table as big as a football field that was played by teams. The wonderful nonsense just kept rolling in Amarillo Texas that Weekend.
Posted over 4 years ago.
A couple of her fenders still hang in a local art bar that I used to work at called The Venice Cafe. If you ever find yourself in St. Louis the place is a must see attraction. Embellished by several artist, including myself over 23 years it is full of eye candy and a delight to experience. Mosaics all over the place with a crazy collection of all things strange and fabulous. My buggy got me an invite to participate in the 20th anniversary celebration of the Cadillac Ranch, that was a huge posh event of a thousand people. Over the years kids had covered the Cadillac's with graffiti and for the event they painted them all white and had a 20 ft table set up with paints and markers for the participants to repaint the Caddy's. There were news media and art historians there. When we arrived they kept signaling me away from the parking area and up into the crowd. I was asked to do figure eights out in the field in front of the Cadilacs. It was like you see in the old days of hollywood with 100's of cameras flashing and film crews chasing me. Afterwards signing releases for various news papers and channels and art history book writers to use my car in their whatever. I was later invited back to "Toad Hall", which was a mansion ranch built in the early 60's in a retro style. Full of original Warhol's and other well known Popism artist works. We were invited to the brickyard 500 to do a lap around the track before the race. Again to hoards of cameras and film makers. My 15 minutes of fame was most enjoyable with my trusty steed. Because of her, I have been featured in News papers, news stations, documentaries and history books around the world. Not many know the woman behind the car but it was a most enjoyable wild ride that left me a life time of stories to tell.
It's amazing how cars can become friends and companions isn't it? I had a Bedford Rascal called Kevin who brought me on many adventure and who i loved dearly......I miss him still. What a great tribute as well as being a cool design : )
This is a great tribute to a faithful "old friend". No doubt, working on this design brought back many memories of journeys, long and short, that you went on together. It is also a wonderful way to keep alive the art work that you created to make her unique and a recognisable local identity!
Sounds like she was much loved before her sad demise. What a nice way to remember her. It looks great!
The days she got smashed on a busy St. Louis Street in my community an impromptu funeral procession started as I sat on the side of the road for two hours waiting for the tow truck. I was hit around 4 ;30 pm when everyone was driving home from work. So many folks had enjoyed seeing me drive her around town for years that they all stopped to see if I needed help and to tell me the stories she had sparked with their children over the years and how they loved seeing her putting along the streets of St. Louis. She had a propper send off that day although the driver who hit me fled the scene I was fortunate that an emergency medical tech happened to be behind me and got his plate number, pulled over to help me and I wasn't badly injured. The tech was on his way to work and said he thought after seeing the impact that threw me completely accross three lanes and into a tree that he would be calling for his coworkers to come get me. I was dazed and in shock but not harmed. My buggy though was totaled with a bent frame. She was loved by many and is missed.
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