My grandfather was able to fix almost anything. Sitting down usually, and smoking his pipe, he would calmly tinker at his repair projects in the driveway or at the kitchen table. When he needed a tool or a part he would provide me with pin point directions and send me off to his garage to retrieve whatever he needed. Eager to help, I would have to navigate past disassembled engines, a boat, tires, tool boxes and various other obstacles in order to make my way to the work bench. Amongst the cornucopia of tools and hardware cluttering every square inch of horizontal surface I would have to find, for instance, a 7/16” spanner. It would usually take me two or three trips, each time obtaining a more detailed description of the tool and it’s location, before I was successful at locating it.
At times I stood lost in that dimly lit garage and would say to myself, “Why couldn’t he just ask me for the Red Pipe Wrench?”
When you slice open a lime there is usually something good that is going to follow. It could be a garnish to enhance a cocktail or a cool drink, an ingredient for a marinade, or a great addition to a salad or vegetable dish. Limes smell good, taste good and look great. Just a ‘happy fruit!
I included the Japanese Sandoku knife in this painting because of it’s broad blade design within a short length, which worked out perfectly to capture the reflection of the limes.
A few years ago my wife Mary and I along with six great friends, enjoyed a fantastic trip to wine country in California. I collected many corks from some of the wines we enjoyed and the different wineries that we we visited. I decided to put them in a pile and paint them.
Since I haven’t painted very much in quite a while, I thought it would be a good idea to loosen up with some fun acrylic paintings of classic monsters for Halloween. I started with Frankenstein. He received quite a bit of attention on the front porch Halloween night.