Monthly Archives: August 2012

old running Ford…

antique ford painting

An art print of this painting is available at my online shop.  The original sold.

I am back in Anchorge.  This car is parked on the parkstrip and is part of a BB’s character.  It was nice to see a restored auto for once.  I also liked the trailer behind it…well for lack of anything better to say I will keep this entry nice and short if any one has more info about this restored Ford give a comment…

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Jason Lobo’s Red Ford

Old red Ford truck painting

An art print of this painting is for sale at my online shop.  The original sold.

Saturday, Jason Lobo was out of town so he asked Maria (my wife) to stop by to feed his various animals. He has two horses, two goats, a pig, a turkey, and a kitty cat.  The horses took some hay, while the rest of the animals, minus the cat, took some green pellet animal feed, even the turkey.  While Maria was searching for the pellet feed and cat food, I was painting this portrait of Lobo’s red truck.  Jason lives about a mile from our house and on the same road, the Sandstone trail, so if he needs to go to McCarthy he has to drive past our home out there.  It always seems that I am headed to town at the same time as Jason Lobo, which is very interesting, because normally he has all of his animals with him.  Just last week he was driving this truck, (without the animals) and he was using gravity to propel him down the hill (it’s all down hill from where I live out there).  We were on our way into town and jumped on the Jason Train!  First time jumping into a moving vehicle since my high school days!  MXY is always an adventure!

Paul and Jenny’s Homestead!

Alaska garden and cabin painting

Yesterday I went out to visit my friends Paul and Jenny who live about 10 miles down the Nizina Road.  We rode our bikes out over the fairly rough dirt road in about an hour.  I had a killer time looking around their new improvements.  They have an enormous garden, it may be the biggest I have seen in the McCarthy area.  Their pig may also be the biggest pig I have ever seen.  Produce that should go to the state fair including some mega cabbages, lettuces, and I am sure if it were entered, a blue ribbon turnip.  The lettuce was so big I decided to put it in the foreground of this little painting.  I left the painting behind to dry and hopefully will be hung in their little cabin in a few weeks. Another noteworthy addition to the homestead is the gigantic root cellar newly installed last year.  After visiting the mushroom forest and a few trips to the creek for water and cold beer, Maria and I packed up to leave. About a mile out the road I realized I had plugged my cell phone into the solar system and left it there.  So as I was calculating how far I had gone from their place with my bicycle cpu (I had left my backpack on the side of the road,  and wanted to make sure I could find it) I missed the turn to their place and then accidentally explored the Nizina neighborhood fairly intensely. After a few misdirected miles, I figured out my bearings and found the right turn and my cell phone.  Maria only had to wait for a few minutes as I was riding around in a frenzy to not hold her up too badly. We made it home with enough time for dinner before dark and about ten minutes faster than on the way there! Overall a great Alaska adventure!

McCarthy Trucks Day 4

Antique Black GMC truck in Alaska painting

An art print of this painting is available at my online store.  The original is for sale at Dos Manos gallery in Anchorage, AK.

green antique truck painting

An art print of this painting is available at my online store.  The original is for sale at Dos Manos gallery in Anchorage, AK.

I have been working on these trucks now for a week! I love them! I think I will be incorporating them in my next big show of the year at the Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Loft.  I look forward to putting some growlers with the trucks maybe… So the old green truck is a MXY fixture that has been obviously turned into a public sculpture and garden planter.  It is a testament to the sweat and labor McCarthy residents of the past have endured.  The GMC is just plain (plein) sweet! I wish I had that truck although I may pass on the fastback because as an artist I always need to haul plywood. I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!

Shushana Ave Tripple Trucks

antique trucks in alaska painting

An art print of this painting is available at my online shop.  The original is for sale at Dos Manos gallery in Anchorage.

These three trucks are resting on Shushana Ave. in McCarthy, Alaska.  I know the red one runs, probably all three run.  The red Ford arrived this year and is in the possession of Mark Wacht, a local resident.  As for the other two they have been there since I started coming to WSENP in 2005.  Maybe somebody knows and I will fill you in on whose they are, and what they need to become mobile vehicles again.

Truck on McCarthy Streets

Antique blue truck in alaska painting

An art print of this painting is available at my online shop.  The original sold.

Continuing with the trucks on the Nizina Avenue of McCarthy, Alaska.  I still have about 6 or so more on this street to represent.  Feelin’ good painting outside after a long break!

“Patience” the truck in downtown McCarthy Alaska

green antique chevrolet truck painting An art print of this painting is available at my online shop.

antique green chevy in alaska paintingAn art print of this painting is available at my online shop.

This is an iconic truck, which I hear might run, however since I have been coming McCarthy, Alaska, in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park in 2005 I have never seen it move.  Kids mostly play on it and hang out in the neighborhood with it. Another thing I might mention is that this truck is parked outside the Wrangell Mtn. Center, a learning establishment that puts on programs for college students and the local community.  The larger of these two paintings will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the WMC during an event called Tall Tales.  I hope you enjoy these two little truck paintings.