Art + Cars = LOVE

I love art and I love cars, so when you put the two together - kaPOW! That's what happened in June in Dallas at the CityArts Celebration. This is a little bit of what you get.

This crazy thing above is what's known as Ernie Steingold's California Fantasy Van. It's covered in $15,000 worth of coins and 5,000 brass trinkets. I could have gawked at that thing for hours! Ernie passed away in 1998 and his beautiful van lives at the Art Car World museum in Arizona (road trip!!). More about the car here and the museum here.

This freaky machine is known as Mark Monroe's Brick Mobile. It's a 1968 Ford Country Sedan station wagon that is completely covered in bricks! Find out more about Mark and his Brick Mobile here. I just love that "Country Sedan" emblem against the brick.

And speaking beautiful emblem backgounds, check out Tim Klein's car called The Elements above. It's a yarn covered 1967 Imperial Crown. So cool. What a vision! More about his car and his vision here.
Now if you can't make it to an art car parade or museum, you can check out Harrod Blank's Automorphosis. Harrod Blank has created a Camera Van I long to see in person. Click here to find a screening of Automorphosis in your area, or here to find other documentaries and books about art cars and the artists who dream up these wonderful machines.
Now I wonder how many pretty pretty clouds I can fit on my ride.......
P.S. I've got more pictures of these art cars on my Flickr.


Fresh Items in My Shop

Just a quick note to let you know I have a few fresh cards in my Etsy Shop. I really love how they turned out. I just don't see how I could ever use anything but Crane & Company cards. There's nothing better!


Little People Love

Last night my husband came home with a little prezzie for me! Oh, I love surprises! Have you ever heard of Slinkachu? I certainly hadn't. He's an artists in London who leaves little tiny hand painted people around the city in different scenarios. This book, "Little People in the City" , is filled with photos of his work and it is fantastic!! His work is both gloomy and hilarious. He also has a blog. For his current project he's finding snails around London, painting them and putting them back where he found them, a project called "Inner City Snail". Can't wait for that book.


Hello, It's Me...

Yes, I'm back. Back from a break from the computer, my desk but not from my camera. I just had to take some time to live in the moment and see things for what they really are, go for walks, do nothing - find some PERSPECTIVE. And I did.

I promise not to go away again without explanation. Promise. ;)

While away, I read the most fantastic, amazing, beautiful book: "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski. This writer has made me fall in love with words and stories again. Yes, I did plow through those Sookie Stackhouse books, one after another, like a big bag of Snickers. But this book has so much depth and such beautiful writing.... it was like savoring nice piece of very fine dark chocolate. When I finished the book, I was completely satisfied. Though, the next day I dearly missed the characters. I hear he's writing a prequel, and I'm waiting.

During my break, I also made a trip to vintage car/rusty heap heaven: CTC Auto Ranch in Denton, Texas.

These are a few of the shots I got that day. I still haven't processed all of them. If you want to see more, check my "Auto Ranch" set on my Flickr.

Okay, time for a little perspective:

Now, don't you feel better? I do.