Here we are already into May of 2017. Where does the time go? I have already done four cars shows this year - Tom Mack's January show was in a new venue at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, NC. This has opened my year evry year for probably close to 30 years by now, and it's always good to see Tom and many of the "regulars" at the show. Then in March, it was off to Raleigh, NC for the Spring version of the Carolina Collector Auto Fest.
April always brings the Spring Auto Fair at Charlotte Motor Speedway, jointly produced by the Speedway and the Hornets Nest Chapter of AACA. My prints sold reasonably well this time, and old friend David Clark purchased an original water color of his very blue '57 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham. Thank you, David! Also, a little later in April was my annual pilgrimmage to Spring Carlisle, at Carlisle, PA. It was rainy at times, windy at times, and a little cold at times, but I've seen much worse in my many years there, and prints sales were not bad.
During the month of May, I hope to be catching up on production. I have some commissions that I need to make progress on before I have to hit the road again in June. Also, during the big race weeks at Charlotte, I plan to be lurking around the pits and garage area photographing potential subjects as I have been doing for many years now. Though I'm not a regular on the NASCAR tour, I still love racing, and sometimes an actual painting results from this. I sometimes wish I could clone myself so I could pursue all the varied automotive subjects that I am attracted to.
Currently in the works, I have too many projects to list - (I love variety) - Including a '53 Studebaker, a '58 Golden Hawk, a LeMans winning Ford GT, a junk yard '51 Plymouth, a custom '51 Mercury, a couple of Ferraris, and about 15 others, anywhere from 10% to 75% done. They all get finished eventually, but I sure wish there were 30 hours in a day, 10 days in a week, etc. Some pieces you might see me mention will be on the back burner for a while, but they will be seen at some point!
You may have noticed that I did a couple of Guitar paintings over the last year or so. I'm working on a third one now, a close-up rendering in water color of a nice Taylor acoustic. Keep an eye out for this as well. If I get to a point where I have six or eight of these done, I may try my luck at a guitar show or two.
So long for now, and we will see you at a car show near you soon- and remember, whether it's from me or someone else - BUY ART! (Preferably from a living artist - the dead ones don't need the money...)