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  1. Home > Under the rules

    Here in California in the 1950’s racing we actually had 2 sets of rules. Mainly in Northern California and points east they ran rules which were A.H.R.A. which translates to American Hot Rod Association and mainly in Southern California we had the N.H.R.A which translated into National Hot Rod...
    Author: mike@sensarium.com Created: 7/21/2014
  2. Home > Ripping paper

    So here we are again, with me dancing on the keys while I am eating my breakfast and having my “eye opening” cup of coffee. For those of you who like to keep a tidy record, it’s going to be 87 here in the “circle city” of Corona, California. Just in case you were wondering a couple of...
    Author: mike@sensarium.com Created: 7/21/2014
  3. Home > 1/2 day in an artist's life

    Well I have to tell you about ½ of a day in an artist’s life. It was Saturday and one of the first things was to get ready for the art class. So prying open the doors to the Corona Art Association gallery was the first order of business. Yes pushing all of the right numbers with big fingers, in ...
    Author: mike@sensarium.com Created: 7/20/2014
  4. Home > The day in Art

    Well hello to everyone, today I am going to be in the “art” mode most of the day. First it is before 6:00 in the morning on Saturday the 19 th . I have just got finished cooking some breakfast and my coffee cup is full. The temperature is 60 degrees and will be 85 by the time the sun sets in...
    Author: mike@sensarium.com Created: 7/19/2014
  5. Home > Not your father’s Hudson

    Well it was 1951 and your father might have been driving a Hudson. The 1951 Hudson Hornet was selected as the "Car of the Year" in a book profiling seventy-five years of noteworthy automobiles by automotive journalist Henry Bolles Lent. It had a 308 cubic inch motor, which compared to other...
    Author: mike@sensarium.com Created: 7/18/2014
  6. Home > What do I want to paint?

    So I was over looking around at “about home” looking for the best subject that sells the best. I knew better than to ask a local painter, because if they sell landscapes that is what they are going to tell you. Ditto for all of the other artists and what they happen to sell. So according...
    Author: mike@sensarium.com Created: 7/17/2014
  7. Home > Fire Art

    Well I hate to tell you that now everyone sees things the same. Yes that nice ocean blue that you worked so long on may look too green to another. Of course colors aren’t the only thing. The Earth subtends an angle of about two degrees, when seen from the Moon. This means that an observer on...
    Author: mike@sensarium.com Created: 7/17/2014
  8. Home > High and Low

    Well its going to be another picture perfect day here in the circle city of Corona, California Well I did miss the opening of the new Hobby Lobby store in Hemet, California. Yes I was not in the crown of the 100 people that the “Press-Enterprise” said were there. People were lined up ...
    Author: mike@sensarium.com Created: 7/15/2014
  9. Home > Old tennis shoes

    Rumor has it that one of the members in the Corona Art Association has got approval for starting a “meet up” group there at the gallery at the corner of the corona mall. Now I guess they are looking into which night they are going to pick. What would be really cool if you could attend my some...
    Author: mike@sensarium.com Created: 7/14/2014
  10. Home > running with the bulls

    Well in honor of one of the writers that I admired in college, we shall talk about the life of Ernest Hemmingway. We do this because of the publicity of the running with the bulls in Spain. Ernest and his book called “old man and the sea” published in 1951 was one of the books you did not...
    Author: mike@sensarium.com Created: 7/13/2014

Under the rules 

Here in California in the 1950’s racing we actually had 2 sets of rules. Mainly in Northern California and points east they ran rules which were A.H.R.A. which translates to American Hot Rod Association and mainly in Southern California we had the N.H.R.A which translated into National Hot Rod Association.
Ahra was founded in 1956 by Walter Mentzer who felt that the drag racers needed an organization that spoke for them as opposed to one that spoke for the drag strips. By the end of 1955, Hot Rod magazine did a story on the fledgling Pennsylvania non-profit organization and it attracted a lot of attention.
Through the years it had its place in drag racing history and did a lot of good to make the sport safer both for the participants and the spectators.
Plagued with a lot of political and internal problems the AHRA name vanished at the end of 2005, dislodged from its final refuge at Spokane Raceway Park.
When Wally Parks founded the NHRA in 1951, he worked to get racing off the city streets and highways and into safer, organized venues. He wanted NHRA to provide guidance to timing clubs and tracks. Soon, NHRA was hosting national events, as tuning cars became a hobby rather than just a necessity.
Since it was founded by Wally Parks in 1951, NHRA has been dedicated to safety while providing millions of racing fans with the fastest and most spectacular form of entertainment on wheels. Parks initially started NHRA as a means of getting hot rodders off the streets and onto legal drag strips.
One of the most significant things in the rules was the weight of the car per your cubic inches. So for years cars like Safford & Shores, Olie Prather roadster and the Dewin Chevrolet ran the class that said you had to weigh in at 13 pounds per cubic inch. For example the Dewin which had 235 cubic inches (216 cubic inches bored out) had to weigh 3055 pounds. Well in fact the Dewin weight is 3150 the last time it was on a scale and I have the numbers to prove it.
Now the same car had to carry 2 pounds less in the A.H.R.A. rules which made for a lot faster times for the cars which were built to run under those rules. The same class were in place and still being penalized for having the Wayne head. One of the Northern cars which you would occasionally find in Southern California was Ike iccano's beautiful car. However` that being said the Dewin and Safford & Shores roadster did manage to carry home a few trophy’s over the years
How do I know, I have the pictures and the memories.

Posted by Puck Monday, July 21, 2014 4:43:00 PM Categories: automotive

Ripping paper 

So here we are again, with me dancing on the keys while I am eating my breakfast and having my “eye opening” cup of coffee. For those of you who like to keep a tidy record, it’s going to be 87 here in the “circle city” of Corona, California.

Just in case you were wondering a couple of artists what wandered in for our “open gallery” Sundays have decided to become members. In fact both of them showed up yesterday and both of them happened to be acrylic painters. (go figure that)

Well I did manage to actually give some type of structure to all of the colored construction paper that has been setting in a big plastic file thing. I guess it has been calling to me for all of these months, but I could not hear the screams. See my Saturday students are going to be ripping or cutting paper to make a picture.  In fact I’m not sure exactly how it going to happen either, but by Saturday I will have a good understanding of this paper thing.

Just so you are not getting the impression it’s all fun and games there at the Corona Art Association, I did manage to “take back” a meeting room that has become a “junk room” over the years. When they did not know what to do with it and could not make a decision they put it in this room.

Well I got in my feed the trash can mode and now you can actually vacuum the floor. Some of the stuff is going over to our 2 day driveway sale in August for the fund raiser.

It's just way too easy for you to freak out over a seeming abandonment today -- but if you can let it happen you should soon find that it's just a test of freedom. It should work out well for everyone. That is what my horoscope for today says and as the day unravels we shall see.

In fact if your birthday is today you share it with the likes of actor Robin Williams and singer Cat Stevens. Also Ernest Hemmingway was born today. Bill Hickok fought his first western showdown.

After running through the pages electronically of the local newspaper, I did not find anything that was worthy of inclusion here. Guess the city of Corona was sleeping over the weekend.

Going to work on the “mask project” this week. Need to fabricate some paper elements to it, so it can look like something instead of just a round piece of clay. Not just sure at this point how to blend the clay and paper, but some trial and error I know is in my future.

Well that’s a wrap for today. Burning daylight as John Wayne once said.

 

Posted by Puck Monday, July 21, 2014 8:16:00 AM Categories: Art

1/2 day in an artist's life 

Well I have to tell you about ½ of a day in an artist’s life. It was Saturday and one of the first things was to get ready for the art class. So prying open the doors to the Corona Art Association gallery was the first order of business. Yes pushing all of the right numbers with big fingers, in the right order on that little key pad is a challenge in its self. But with that task done, the rest was going to come easy.

So opening up the front door to let out the stale air and get some of the crisp clean Downtown Corona, California air in was easy. Because I was actually the early bird, I got the parking space next to the tree so my truck would be in the shade most of the day. Somehow I think that act will keep my upholstery from falling apart before it’s supposed to by maybe a day or two.

Next on the list was to bring in my traveling artists box. Well it’s actually a converted tackle box, but no one really cares what the heck I call it. Then the container of salt that was going to be the “star of the day.”

Oh wait I have to about the picture today. It’s one of the first attempts at this Artists Cards, or ATC’s by one of my student artists. I explained what the concept of the cards was and then turned them loose. This set happens to be from an artist called David and I think they are really cool.

But today’s project was for them to put down a wash in watercolor and then add the salt. Let the salt dry and the salt would create this really nice random pattern. Yes some simple salt was actually the teacher.

Well once that was over with, it was time for some grub and I was the one who was suppose to sit the gallery. So off to get some quick Chinese food that I can barely eat with a fork, so don’t go thinking I was using any of the fancy chop sticks. So after I was just getting good at winding the chow mein around the fork it was gone along with the other chicken.

Then just as I was relaxing and working on the level of my coffee cup, in the door comes out Second Vice President, MaryLou carrying a big bag of ice. Well that told me it was time to get the gallery ready for the Artists Reception. So clearing away some of the left over art pieces I was working on, I gave full attention for the arrival of the artists and their guests.

Well one by one they came through the door carrying all of the mainly homemade taste tempting goodies. After much of the food was gone, they voted on the choices for the art. Ribbons were passed out and I took pictures of them standing beside their art with big smiles on their face.

So after all of them were gone, it was time for me to sweep the floor and turn out the lights. It was exactly the same time as I had arrived in the morning. So I was actually there for 12 hours, which in my book is ½ of a day.cool

Posted by Puck Sunday, July 20, 2014 7:47:00 AM Categories: Art

The day in Art 

up with the chickens

Well hello to everyone, today I am going to be in the “art” mode most of the day. First it is before 6:00 in the morning on Saturday the 19th. I have just got finished cooking some breakfast and my coffee cup is full. The temperature is 60 degrees and will be 85 by the time the sun sets in the west.

We are thinking about what we want to teach the students today. Today we are going to have them thinking about backgrounds in their art. But more specifically, we are going to explore the use of regular salt as a tool for you to use.

Yes that’s it; good old table salt can be used if you happen to be a watercolor artist. While it works well with dark colors, it can be applied to actually the entire painting, but that would be a bit of overkill. So when you have this heavy wash on the paper, you just sprinkle some salt on the paper and let it dry.

In the drying process, the little pieces of sale adsorb some of the water and make this little white round areas. Almost makes the paper look like it has some kind of disease. That is why I recommend you only use it for selected areas.

Then after that, the gallery will be open from the normal hours of 12:00 to 4:00. But just in case some of our very busy members can’t set the gallery, I suppose I might as well stay around. Don’t ask, I’m going to tell you.

Tonight is our big opening gala of the artist’s reception for the current show, which happens to be called “Oldies but Goodies.” That takes place for 6:00 to 8:00 so why not just hang around. It will give me some time to do some of my own art.

In fact I already have put a “traveling box” of wood carving tools that I plan to use today. We/I are in the process of carving a pair of hands for the next art project. Not very big, but a pair of left and right hands are going to be in the next picture. I will call it “carving & color” when I get it done.

Well now that I have an “okay” to have a “meet-up” group at the Corona Art Association all I need to do is start the wheels in motion. Not really being big in the social media thing, however I do have someone who is going to help me. I want it to be a place where local artists can exchange ATS’s, but would like to also have other artists that are sometimes shut out of a typical gallery. The fiber artists are the first to come to mind. Somehow not all art has to be hung on a hook up against the wall.

Well that’s it for today, I’m burning day light and my coffee cup is empty.

 

Posted by Puck Saturday, July 19, 2014 6:25:00 AM Categories: Art

Not your father’s Hudson 

Well it was 1951 and your father might have been driving a Hudson. The 1951 Hudson Hornet was selected as the "Car of the Year" in a book profiling seventy-five years of noteworthy automobiles by automotive journalist Henry Bolles Lent. It had a 308 cubic inch motor, which compared to other cars of the time like Chevrolet which had only 235. Of course out of that 235 came 92 horsepower with the Hudson somewhere around 170. A fellow named Marshall Teague who claims he could get 112 miles per hour out of a NASCAR certified stock Hudson. Also the Hudson engineers who developed "severe usage" options (thinly disguised racing parts). Hudson was the first automobile manufacturer to get involved in stock car racing.

Hornets driven by NASCAR aces Herb Thomas, Dick Rathmann, Al Keller, Frank Mundyand, and Tim Flock won 27 NASCAR races driving for the Hudson team.

So just what made these 3620 pound cars so well adapted for the drag racing that was rapidly becoming a popular sport? Well with your choice of transmissions from 3-speed manual, 3-speed manual with overdrive and Hydramatic automatic (General Motors) automatic 1954 only (Borg Warner).

Then the carburetors were actually a two carb model right from the factory, well almost. Called the “twin h” and The newly introduced "Twin H-Power" was available in November 1951 as a Dealer installed option at the cost of $85.60. The combination of the Hudson engine with overall road-ability of the Hornets, plus the fact these cars were over engineered and over built, made them unbeatable in competition on the dirt and the very few paved tracks of the 1950s. In 1952 the "Twin H-Power" version now standard equipment with dual single-barrel carburetors atop a dual-intake manifold.

Also the Hudson engineers also changed the hood featured a functional scoop that ducts cold air to the carburetors and was considered "ventilation" in 1954. The Hudson Hornet 1952 model year production totaled 35,921 units.

 

 

Posted by Puck Friday, July 18, 2014 11:52:00 AM Categories: automotive

What do I want to paint? 

So I was over looking around at “about home” looking for the best subject that sells the best. I knew better than to ask a local painter, because if they sell landscapes that is what they are going to tell you. Ditto for all of the other artists and what they happen to sell.

So according to the magazine “art business news” here is the top 10.

  1. Traditional landscapes
  2. Local views
  3. Modern or semi abstract landscapes
  4. Abstracts
  5. Man’s best friend, the dog
  6. Figure studies (no nudes)
  7. Sea, harbor and beach scenes
  8. Wildlife
  9. Impressionistic landscapes
  10. Traditional nudes.

So after viewing the list, you may choose to change your thinking on your subject choices.

But wait, we also have some more things to consider. For instance what is the best selling media? Just because Jackson Pollock could use a tree branch as a paint brush, you might not be that lucky.

I’m not really surprised prints sell more than original paintings, as they are cheaper; price is a major consideration for many people. But it’s worth noting that it’s limited-edition prints (where a set number of prints are made and each one is numbered), not open-edition prints (where the number of prints isn’t set; more can always be produced) that top the list.

  1. Limited edition offset-litho prints.
  2. Limited edition giclée prints.
  3. Open edition offset-litho prints.
  4. Oil and acrylic paintings.
  5. Watercolours.
  6. Artists' original prints (eg etchings, engravings).
  7. Open edition giclée prints.

So I suppose we should also take a gander at the top selling artists that are deceased.

  1. l.S. Lowery
  2. Monet
  3. Alan Ingham.
  4. Russell Flint.
  5. John Miller.
  6. Rothko.
  7. Van Gogh.
  8. Picasso.
  9. Klimt.
  10. Matisse.

The survey was conducted by Art Business Today on behalf of The Fine Art Trade Guild; more than 800 galleries across the UK were asked to name their best-selling prints (limited and open editions) in 2003.

Posted by Puck Thursday, July 17, 2014 7:24:00 PM Categories: Art

Fire Art 

Well I hate to tell you that now everyone sees things the same. Yes that nice ocean blue that you worked so long on may look too green to another. Of course colors aren’t the only thing. The Earth subtends an angle of about two degrees, when seen from the Moon. This means that an observer on Earth who sees the Moon when it is close to the eastern horizon sees it from a very different angle that is about two degrees from the line of sight of an observer who sees the Moon on the western horizon.

Now we can see how if a person is not looking at your art work at the same location as another the colors may tend to actually shift a bit. Of course add some texture to you art work and the shadows and the colors are mixed up a bit also.

Well I have to tell you that one of the Jackson Pollock inspired paintings, number 18 in fact is now hanging in a real estate office. Yes the Better Homes Reality office of Donna Richards now has it hanging on her walls. As I get more of them done, I will see of others can be also put in other real estate offices.

Well good old Yahoo to the rescue. Yes they published 5 things that you can do to improve your linkedIn profile. Don’t know why it’s under the “Tech” section, to me it should be somewhere like social. But what does a guy know who has a sharp knife in his hand and rounds off corners of wood.

Well I am working on an art project that has to do with wine. Yes “clay guy” saw this thing with a wine barrel and we have been cutting some wood so we could not make it so clunky. Also we have found out that not all of the wine bottles are the same size. Also they are not exactly the same height either. Well I do need a few samples of the empty ones.

Hopefully at the artist’s reception we will have enough people there to empty another bottle that is not the same size as the one that I have. I did tell you about the artist’s reception at the Corona Art Association this Saturday? It is our “Oldies but Goodies” show. I have to tell you we have some really excellent pieces of art. I know, because I with the help of Oscar hung the show.

Have been looking at some of the spray paint artists. I don’t mean the stuff on some walls, but the things that you could wrap a frame around. Some of these people are really talented. I like how you can remove colors with the use of just plain newspapers. Don’t know why, but one guy actually used fire to I guess set the colors. Not sure what it is for, but the fire coming out of the can looks impressive.

Well we reached out 500 word limit for today, so tune in again and see what happens when my fingers dance on the keys.

Posted by Puck Thursday, July 17, 2014 6:32:00 PM

High and Low 

Well its going to be another  picture perfect day here in the circle city of Corona, California

Well I did miss the opening of the new Hobby Lobby store in Hemet, California. Yes I was not in the crown of the 100 people that the “Press-Enterprise” said were there. People were lined up outside the doors 30 minutes before one of the most anticipated store openings in Hemet’s history Monday morning. Hobby Lobby was welcomed to Hemet by city and business leaders who said they are excited by the shopping opportunities and the new jobs. Hemet had a 10.6 percent unemployment rate in April.

Well for those of you who are keeping records, it’s going to be double 8”s here in the circle city today. Which I suppose is a good day to put your art work in a gallery. So around 2:00 I will fall through the door with #18 which has been setting safe in the back seat of the truck. It will be over there at Heritage Park with the group called “The Arts Colony.” I suppose I will be taking some pictures if I remember to take my camera.

Have a new wood project in my mind. Actually been thinking about it for over a week and did some small thumbnails of it. It will combine wood and some of this “drip art” that I am so fascinated with recently. So you will find me out in the shop till the temperature gets so hot I don’t have to microwave my coffee to drink it.

I also want to do more of the textured drywall art. I am collecting things to drag through the wet drywall mud to make a pattern. I saw it in a video the other day and think it would be fun to try it out.

Have not seen “clay guy” recently and I look for him to show up sometime soon and we can also do some clay work. Sometimes you need a 3rd hand to help with a project.

Decided to make more of the Artists Trading cards, or ATC’s. I might as well give them out when someone wants a card from the gallery. I have looked high and low and can’t find any of the business cards that are supposed to be there. But having someone actually set down and order some is not in the mix right now. So it will give me a chance to practice my drawing skills on a small canvas.

Posted by Puck Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:38:00 AM

Old tennis shoes 

Rumor has it that one of the members in the Corona Art Association has got approval for starting a “meet up” group there at the gallery at the corner of the corona mall. Now I guess they are looking into which night they are going to pick. What would be really cool if you could attend my some type of a video conference or something?

You see they have this big monitor thing there with all of these places to put cables into. I wonder if they ever thought of having it play digital pictures of the past shows. Too bad we don’t have a tech guy be a member.

Along with the approval also came the coffee pot and all of the decaffeinated coffee you can drink. But I suppose some of the high octane stuff might be in the mix when all of the smoke has cleared. Oh wait from time to time they have some wine on ice also.

I suppose they may go and buy some cookies for the people to munch on. Problem is, that with the students that are in some of the classes can’t have access to them. Guess they will have to have a tight sealed container and hid the cookies from one meeting to the next.

If I have everything straight, “Button Girl” is off to the 300 mile yard sale. Not exactly sure what states it goes through, but she will be with a friend in a motor home and will meet with some of her family. May get some updates, but you never can tell.

Was only 85 today in Corona, California with some cloud cover much of the day. Needed to keep some of the saws inside in case we had some of the summer rain.

Number 18 “drip painting” is going to be taken to the Corona Arts Colony. Guess I had better take a picture of it B4 I put it in the show. Okay I will try to take my camera and snap a few for the blog you are reading.

Well need to go now the pizza is ready to come out of the oven.cool

 

Posted by Puck Monday, July 14, 2014 6:27:00 PM

running with the bulls 

Well in honor of one of the writers that I admired in college, we shall talk about the life of Ernest Hemmingway. We do this because of the publicity of the running with the bulls in Spain.

Ernest and his book called “old man and the sea” published in 1951 was one of the books you did not want to stop reading. Yes page after page was turned in almost a one setting while I was reading the book.

It is sad that such a talented writer would suffer from hemochromatosis much like his father before him. His sister Ursula and his brother Leicester also committed suicide along with his granddaughter. Almost exactly 35 years after Hemingway's death, on July 1, 1996, his granddaughter Margaux Hemingway died in Santa Monica, California. Margaux was a supermodel and actress, co-starring with her sister Mariel in the 1976 movie Lipstick. But her death was later ruled a suicide, making her "the fifth person in four generations of her family to commit suicide

But with the show opening up on Saturday for the Corona Art Association a lot still needs to be done. So while some of the bean counters were making a final tally of the income and expenses for the month, I was getting the pictures hung on the wall. Yes with some help from another artist called Oscar, we have all of the painting on the little wires and hanging straight.

This show called “oldies but goodies” has some really nice art. I was going to take some pictures today, but when I zoomed out of the house I forgot the camera until I got to the gallery.

Well I was snacking on the ice cold watermelon that I had in the refrigerator. Yes it is now about ½ the size with the help of some of the others there in the gallery today.

Posted by Puck Sunday, July 13, 2014 7:37:00 PM
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