’57 Plymouth


There are many reasons to paint. Some like expressionist art. It might not be something representational, but the artist’s emotions are there. Some like still life, while others like portraiture. Frida Kahlo did statement art. Picasso did everything from cubist to whatever.

I found some old treasures from when I was a little boy. I loved cars. I cut out pictures of them from magazines. I went in dealerships and took their brochures. I went to auto shows. In a zippered looseleaf I found hundreds of pictures of car ads from the late fifties and early sixties. It brought back the magic feeling of being a boy.

This is a 1957 Plymouth. The Alkire family next door had one. I always thought it looked like a shark that was going to come eat me. It must have been the massive grille that looked like teeth.

I painted this to take me back to those days . . .

“Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me, M – I – C – K – E – Y . .”

“The Lone Ranger Rides Again!”

“Bucky Bucky Beaver, New Ipana Toothpaste . . .”

“Hey kids, What time is it? ” “It’s Howdy Doody Time!”

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January 28, 2009

Margaret @ 6:28 pm #

Great car! I remember your obsession with cars during those early years and the many times I’d see you sketching different cars too. I had forgotten about Alkire’s shark car – what a memory for a little boy. You did a great job with your depiction.

Jennifer @ 6:42 pm #

I love the commentary you sent out on your email as well as what you put on your blog. Hearing about the memories was as fun as seeing the painting!

Jan @ 8:10 pm #

Tom, this sure does bring back fond memories. Tom, do you remember the big green and white Plymouth that my father had? It had the big fins and the push button gears. I affectionately named it the “Green Hornet.” During high school, we all piled into the car and went to the ball games. We loved it because it was green, and Kearns High School’s colors were green and gold. For those of you not from Utah, Kearns was Granger High’s rival. Tom went to Granger High and he lived just one street away from me. When Kearns won the games, we drove through the streets in the neighborhood honking the horn. We sure had fun back then with our “group” of friends. Of course, we all went to both Granger High and Kearns High school’s dances. Just a little more trivia… Tom I hope you don’t mind me telling this…I was Tom’s first date in high school. Norene, you will love this… He backed over my dad’s garbage cans! My family laughed about that for years. Oh, what great memories. Thanks, Tom, for a happy thought today of when life was a whole lot simpler.

January 29, 2009

Christine @ 11:29 am #

I really like that you are painting for fun. It is great to see what you come up with when you are just relaxing.

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