Monday, October 29, 2007

"think i'll pack it in...

....and buy a pick-up, take it down to LA".

OK, so I know it's not a pick-up but there's a few of reasons why I had to use this title. I've been listening to Harvest by Neil Young all week. A classic album to go with this classic camper van. This is one of my all time favourite openings to a song. Actually, not only is it the opening to the song but to the whole album. I hear those words and get tingles. In my life I've always felt this way. Like packing it all in, buying a pick-up and heading for the refuge of the roads. I've never been able to shake that feeling off.

I'm going away for a few days too, so actually I am taking to the road (I'm not going to LA though). Don't know if' I'll get a chance to post much this week but hopefully I'll get some drawing done.

Finally, a few weeks ago an old friend found me through the powers of the internet. We'd lost touch and not seen each other for about 10 years. I told her that I wasn't the old hippy she known back then, I'd really changed. Hmmm. She didn't believe a word of it and after this post I think she may be right.

Ooops, I haven't quite finished yet! It's a bit of a rubbishy drawing but it's my first vehicle. Inspired by France Belleville (I wasn't brave enough to do a side view - it's the wheels that scare me off drawing cars) who coincidentally made this post yesterday; Neil.
Cheers everyone, see you when I get back to town.

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Blogger Jason Das said...

One of my favorite songs, too! (But, no, that's really not a pickup.) I think I missed my chance to get tickets for Neil's upcoming shows here, too. Nuts. Have a good trip!

2:15 PM  
Blogger france said...

Whoa, what a coincidence about Harvest. One of my earliest memories of music. Out On The Weekend has a great beginning (everything lies right there, in "THINK I'LL PACK IT IN "... Because well, maybe not.)
I love your interpretation of the Volkswagen van. Gosh I want to see more of those.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Liz P said...

That's a nice portrait! I always liked the "face" these old VW's have. My husband and I actually owned one just like this in 1973 or so. ("Harvest" was a pretty new album at the time... we probably had the cassette tape:) ) What I remember most about the van was that it had cute curtains, and it was absolutely FREEZING in the winter.

Well, thanks for the trip down memory lane!

6:20 PM  
Blogger suzanne said...

I LOVE this drawing. VW vans already have so much personality, but you've added more! I wish you had some merchandise to put this image on and sell!

8:37 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

She's a cute one!

11:29 PM  
Blogger Abby Creek Art said...

Love your VW van. You've even given it a personality!

12:58 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Lovely drawing, and we have had two Volkswagons in Fiji - J717 and D125, just the little beetle.
You an old hippie! I don't believe it with your care for detail!

7:59 AM  
Blogger Computerarte said...

have a great trip:)

10:17 AM  
Blogger sukipoet said...

Wow. I just quickly scrolled thru your recent blogposts. What a marvelous drawing talent you have. I love them all. I esp love the little elf guy. And you live in Wales. I must say I have some kind of longing to see Wales. Not sure why. I always love it when I find welsh writers to read. Also there was some abstract american painter in the 60's or 70's I think, who went to Wales on a regular basis to paint glorious painting but I can't remember his name--not well known here anyway.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Michael Rubin said...

Absolutely agree about that song. Makes you want to hit that open road. Great drawing.

8:26 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Love those old VW buses and I'm with you about Neil and Lynyrd Skynyrd! Another super sketch.

4:37 AM  
Blogger PG said...

Ah, Neil Young, one never grows out of Neil Young, in fact, I think one grows into him...
Have missed coming here and seeing your scrummyly well drawn pictures.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous LarryW said...

My heart skipped a beat when I saw your lovely, affectionate drawing. I owned one just like this - split screen, little rear window, red and white. Bought it before I knew how to drive it! Crept illicitly around the neighbourhood in the dead of night in first and second gear for a while before passing my test and then filling it with wife + kids and taking off into the blue yonder....N Young on tape.

11:41 PM  
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