Enhancing “Rolling Surf” art car – 4


…one cannot overlook the power of the sinister in our current culture.  Remember, Ben Franklin’s proposal of the turkey as national bird was turned down in favor of celebrating a carrion-eating predator.  Today we find skull imagery everywhere, rescuing designs – like in men’s clothing – from being judged as nelly, cute, femme, lightweight, and inconsequential.

Now I’m gonna do what I’m gonna do.  Just saying, if a skull or two doesn’t hurt the big picture, I might just toss them in as insurance against #unintendedjudgments.  Also, a hint of the sinister might open the door to shipwreck themes.  Hmmm.

Enhancing the “Rolling Surf” Art Car – 2

In addition to seascape painting, the “Rolling Surf” art car already includes a pair of mermaids I sculpted  to hold rear view mirrors.


mermaid sculptures in progress

Mermaid completed

Mermaid completed


Mermaid closeup


Adding more mermaids – in the waves, or riding sea creatures – offer great possibilities, both decorative and thematic.  Here are three brilliant examples by other artists, which show how mermaids could  arise out of sea foam,  or swim dramatically through the surging waves …. Mermaid-and-pirate-shipThe_Mermaid_Song_by_GENZOMAN mermaid-illustrations-8

Enhancing the “Rolling Surf” Art Car

The “Rolling Surf” art car. as it stands, really expresses a mood, without much detail.

I started it on the heels of completing  the “VolksWagner” art car,  which I had studded with the god of  fire, Valkyries, a dragon, and Rhinemaidens  — all set on a warm, vibrant wood-grain background.

I wanted here to explore a contrasting piece with less fire, less yang.  Something in cool grey. Something that flowed, as in

                                              break, break, break

                                     on thy cold grey stones, O Sea

The present “Rolling Surf” art car is the result.  It is a  fine matrix for further development…but what development ??