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A Lifelong Love Affair

October 2nd, 2017

A Lifelong Love Affair

A LIFELONG LOVE AFFAIR

So, here I am, 82 years old and still acting like an artist just starting out on his career.
I get excited every time I get a new assignment to draw or paint an old car. Now, don’t get me wrong, when I say “Excited” it’s not like I felt when I met Sue, my late wife & close friend.
I’m talking about genuine affection for the look & feel of those old swooping fenders, the massive chrome grills and those sexy wire wheels.
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Take my 1970 Oldsmobile Toronado; well, don’t take it, just look at those curves and lines. I touch it when I walk by “Her” parked in my garage. I’ve seen this silent ritual take place at car shows………….not by the owner so much as the spectator who’s there to admire the same thing we do showing our cars. The public is encouraged not to touch the cars unless with the permission of the owner.
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When that happens it’s like a baptismal or a sacred ritual of mutual tenderness and love. Just look at that 1932 Stutz Bearcat. Even better, go up to the owner and ask if you can see the motor. “Can you start ‘er up, please?”………Varooooom, Varooooom, Purrrrrrr, ’Died & gone to heaven’.
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My good friend, Andy, of Tucson just finished a yearlong restoration and re-powering his 1952 Chevrolet Bel Air. Andy has owned this car all of his adult life and watched in frustration while the desert pack rats ate his electrical system until there was nothing but shreds of copper wire and ruined fuel lines rendering the old Chevy a basket case. The sun turned the Chevy’s two-tone paint job into an unrecognizable blend of raw metal, faded marron and patches of peeling paint.
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Most would have had it towed to the crusher. Not Andy. Look close at the custom dark green paint with devilish ghost flames of light blue faded to off-white. A masterpiece. Check out the upholstery, that dark green leather with strategically placed lime accents is brilliant! A love affair? You bet! The pack rats? Andy keeps a sophisticated electrical strobe light in the engine compartment. Drives the rat’s nuts!
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The love affair that has grown men cheating on their wife’s and girlfriends is epidemic. “Honey, when will you be coming in for dinner?” “It’s getting cold and the kids miss you”
Travel to any part of our country; no, the world and where you see groups of boys in men’s clothing huddled around a 1931 Chrysler or a classic 1935 Hispano-Suiza K-6 Cabriolet you’ll see what I mean. Disgusting!


Jacks Cheap Car Art

September 5th, 2017

Jacks Cheap Car Art


Art Prints
Doing black & white art of cars has not only overwhelmed my studio but, has caused me to raise prices in order to control production. This is not a hobby but my main source of income. Sure, it's fun and I work at home but, if it wasn't, I would not do it. Another up side to doing cheap art is the upgrades to color and doing more then just car art. Lately I have shipped several works in color and a couple of non car art jobs of home renderings.

Wood or Metal Print ?

September 5th, 2017

Wood or Metal Print ?

Wood or Metal Print

Is that a question? What do you mean, wood or metal print?
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It's O K to think "Paper" when your're contemplating a print but have you ever considered something else instead of paper?
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Now, you can order prints on just about anything; wood, metal, acrylic, canvas, shower curtain plastic, bed spreads, tote bags, pillows and of course, high quality paper framed or shipped rolled in a tube.
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What's really great is you can order confident that if you don't like it, return it. Every order has a 30 day gaurantee !!!
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So, what's holding you back?
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Please don't tell me you've run out of wall space; there's always your ceiling!
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Call me if you have questions, 575-525-8298
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Jack
 

Island Time

September 21st, 2016

Island Time

With summer almost over and vacations over except for
the billions of cell phone shots, makes me wonder how
many found their island in time?
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Was it one of those little green-treed islands of the American
San Juans with no name? The one you found as if it had
gone missing?
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Or was it the Big Island that you flew to and took tours
complete with rum drinks with fruity-salty-umbrelled rims?
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My island, for part of this year, was my comfortable, air
conditioned car seat, travelling to the northwest and southern
California where I said goodbye to brother, John.
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The rest of my summer was spent on our patio, only comfortable
after we lit off the citronella to keep the no-seeums at bay.
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For some of us the vacation never ends, life is that good. For
others, not so good. The old, sick, and those alone in hospitals
and nursing homes need vacations, too.
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For those that vacations dont seem to matter I say, Dont
despair, there is a life where theres no work, hardship or
tears There is a place where politics simply dont matter, too!
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Look around at the beauty of your friends. Listen
to their wisdom no matter how old or young; soak up the
smells of burning leaves or the seasons first fire in the
fireplace. Pet the dog, marvel at the changing light at dawn,
live life, enjoy, most of it is free!
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Just when you think things are going to hell in a tote bag
you can always tune in your own personal & private
Island Time

Word meanings P O S H

August 9th, 2016

Word meanings P O S H

Word Meanings P.O.S.H,
. smart, stylish, fancy, high-class, fashionable, chic, luxurious, luxury, deluxe, exclusive, opulent, lavish,
grand, showy, upscale, upmarket.
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1915-20; of obscure origin; compare posh a dandy
(recorded as British slang in 1890); the popular notion
that the word is an acronym from port out(ward), starboard home,
said to be the preferred accommodation
on ships traveling between England and India, is without foundation.
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often said to be an acronym of the phrase port out, starboard
home, the most desirable location for a cabin in British ships
sailing to and from the East, being the north-facing or shaded
side; but more likely to be a development of obsolete slang
posh a dandy.
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The cavalryman, far more than the infantryman, makes a
point of wearing "posh" clothing on every possible occasion
"posh" being a term used to designate superior clothing,
or articles of attire other than those issued by and strictly
conforming to the regulations, very attractive, expensive,
and popular, typical of people who have high social status.
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For a classic artistic experience browse my 90 plus galleries for a wide variety of P O S H subjects

Car Shows of Summer

June 12th, 2016

Car Shows of Summer

Depending on the shift of the calendar, the summer
solstice occurs sometime between June 20 and June 22
in the northern hemisphere and between December 20
and December 23 each year in the southern hemisphere.

In southern New Mexico, car show aficionados get tuned
up starting in early spring and we dont get tired of it all
until late fall

We have already been to several great shows.The first
of the season show is the Wheels of Dreams sponsored
by the Las Cruces RodRunners car club.

Then we took the Toronado to the Smokin Oldies show in Deming, NM where the Toronado was awarded 1st place in the 1970-79
original class.

Las month we escaped the heat of Las Cruces and attended the Make-A-Wish charity show in Ruidoso.

Next up is the Kiwanis Kars for Kids show on the 18th of
June.This is always a well-attended show held at Young
Park, a city owned and well maintained ideal place for a
car show. Lots of shade trees and grassy meadows to shine up your pride & joy.
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The Kiwanis volunteers put on a pancake breakfast
In the large, covered open air gazebo which offers
protection from the sun and occasional monsoon of summer.

So, save the date, June 18th, see you there.

Jack




jack-pumphrey.fineartamerica.com

The British are coming, The British ARE COMING

May 23rd, 2016

The British are coming, The British ARE COMING



Here are a few of the projects we recently shipped; a nice mix of watercolor art, pen & ink and photography. They just happen to be mostly little British Cars.
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The Austin-Healey Sprite, introduced for 1959, continued the collaboration between Austin and The Donald Healey Motor Company and took further advantage of the massive British Motor Corporation parts bin. Although it was aimed at the very bottom of the sports car market, the Sprite used a modern unibody and offered precise handling
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The Triumph TR6 is beloved of British sports car fans. The TR6 was certainly antique in many ways when it was introduced in late 1968. A narrow cockpit, separate body and chassis and a bouncy ride courtesy of its rather crude independent rear suspension made it seem in many ways to be little advanced from the TR4 of 1962 or even the TR2.
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The Bentley Sports Sedan was the epitome of a classic British Gentlemans preferred conveyance; elegant but very fast and great handling.
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The late Spring & early Summer cruising is starting along with the car shows. Most of the car shows benefit local charities so thank you for participating.
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Jack
inkyarts@comcast.net
575-525-8298


Consequences of ones actions

April 9th, 2016

Consequences of ones actions

Consequence of ones actions.

Jimmy, the last mechanic who touched my
car after a recent oil change was having a bad
day.
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His girlfriend, Betty Jean, over cooked his fried
baloney and used old, crusty mustard on his
moldy sandwich which in turn caused Jimmy to
get the runs.
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Part of Jimmys job is to write down the projected
mileage when my next oil change was due. Usually,
3000 miles from the actual mileage shown on my
vans speedometer.
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OK, a normal, routine job. Simple, no-brainer, right?
Not in Jimmys case; having a bad day, worrying
about if he can make it to the john before everything
lets loose, was the 1st thing on his mind, not jotting
down my next oil change mileage.
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So, having to do the math, find a pen, find the
windshield sticker, write down the numbers, stick
it on the inside of the windshield, well, this was just
too much writing, sticking, reaching for Jimmy
to do while concentrating on something else,
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Like wheres the bathroom, far more important then
whether or not the necessary oil change reminder
got stuck in the right place let alone if you (me)
could even make out what was on the reminder
sticker..well, the consequence of
Jimmys inattention to the real job at hand caused
my distraction from MY JOB, keeping control of the
van while doing 77 miles an hour on the 10, while
passing several 18 wheelers, here I am wondering
about my next oil change?
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I pulled off at the next rest stop, took several deep
breaths and realized I could not read the sticker
because all I could see was a faint smear after the
first 3 numbers.which should have been six.
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Not funny. I could have crashed into the rear of a
long haul rig or, blown up my trusty V-6 because
I waited too long to have my oil changed.
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All because of the consequences of someones
inattention to the simple job of writing down a
reminder for my next oil change.


Topless Sixty One Year Old

March 6th, 2016

Topless Sixty One Year Old

Sixty one years ago, going around topless without a driving permit
would get you a stiff fine, maybe even a day or a night in jail.
.Now-a-days you dont see this activity going on, at least not on any streets or lanes near our house.
..I remember noticing it a lot when I was I kid but, nowadays, it takes more than a gorgeous, curvy body to turn my head.
.Well, if you added a little chrome accent it might help.
.Factor in a sweet & low rumbling sound and you definitely have my attention.
.Im talking slow cruising convertibles here, the kind that let you experience the pleasant aromas of spring flowers and views of the sun setting after you
pulled over at the top of the hill.
.I suppose theres a world like that somewhere; certainly not on the 10 or the 25. Slow down on one of these concrete raceways and youll get flattened so quick youll wonder what happened to the butter & syrup!
.My son and I were on our way to El Paso the other day, driving a little over the 65 posted limit heading south-east where the lane narrows, merging onto the eastbound 10. I alertly glanced in my rear view mirror making sure I was OK to merge when all of a sudden my view was replaced by huge white & aluminum blinds. I could even read with scary clarity the blind makers logo htrowneK!
.Blaugger, Blaugger! GET OUT OF MY WAY! It was trying to get my attention. It was working!
.So, naturally, I did the smartest thing, in total driving school defense, that I could think of. I tapped my brakes several times, a nice signal to the crazy idiot behind me to back-off. Worthless thing to do since there was no way the driver of the aluminum blind big-rig could see my little Odyssey over his long & towering hood, let alone my blinking stop lights.
.IT swung over my right lane to inching onto my right-quarter panel and started blasting ITs Blaugger horn again, obviously not getting my well-intentioned request.
.The lane ahead cleared and I took off, now in the 75 MPH lane doing slightly over 75, toying with the Traffic fines double zone, hell, man I was ready to pay anything to out distance the big-rigs self-imposed right of way & lane ownership.
.Boy, do I ever miss those lazy, laid back days cruising slowly through the country side in my little topless convertible back in 1955.

Disclaimer: 99.5 % of all of the professional big rig drivers I encounter are just that; pros, due my respect for putting up with the .05 % of the other psychopaths out there.


Blue Flame

February 17th, 2016

Blue Flame

The Chevrolet Corvette Blue Flame inline 6 was Chevrolet's sole engine from 1929, when it replaced their first 4-cylinder engine, the 171-cubic-inch four, through 1954, and was the base engine for the 1954, 1st generation Corvette. In 1955 they added the small block V8 to the lineup. The Blue Flame Six had finally been completely phased out by 1990 in North America.
But, this tale is not about the Corvettes engine, it is about a Blue Flame of another source and, flavor.
..When I was in the United States Air Force in the mid 1950s my job was to disassemble and inspect the electrical components of the war ending weapon known as the FAT MAN
..The FAT MAN was a nuclear weapon that ended WW II in July of 1945. Now, leap forward 12 years to the cold-war era of the late 1950s and early 1960s. I was a member of a 5 crew task force that did the necessary maintenance on the FAT MAN class of weapons. It was our job, following intricate step by step manuals, to check the detonators that fired the conventional outer sphere of explosives that when lite off, caused a nuclear chain reaction resulting in an xx kiloton atomic explosion. We checked the electrical resistance of the wires in the fist-sized detonators to make sure they would do their job when called upon.
..It was during one of these routine tests that one of our crew, a guy called Lucky, experienced a major gastronomical implosion and released a large amount of methane gas. This lighter-than-air invisible gaseous cloud drifted over to one of the electrical panels that, in those pre-OSHA days, had open, sparking contacts that not only made a clicking sound as the rectifiers powered up and down, but created visible electrical tiny bolts of sparks.
..Ultimately, Luckys gas, as it was later widely labeled, came in contact with the electrical shorting-sparks and ignited into BLUE FLAME ! This ghostly, translucent blue flame quickly covered the floor of our maintenance bay, the same area where we five young techs were removing the detonators that were as delicate as live hand grenades!
..Holy Crap one of us said; Oh Crapola, Lucky moaned, as he grimaced in pain from rolling into a FAT MAN support beam, now realizing that his Olympian wind breaking had also turned liquid, as happens sometimes.
..Whoosh! As soon as it happened it was over. Bill, tech # 3 experienced singed eyebrows. My hair smelled like burnt pork, probably a leftover undigested morsel from Luckys late night diner, the catalyst that set the whole BLUIE FLAME incident in motion. Our commanding officer, Captain Mann, did his compulsorily write-up resulting in the installation of heavy duty mercury switches that did away with the testy crackling and snapping of the old style electric switches.
..Our crew applied for a commendation ribbon, having survived a potential nuclear melt-down of the mushroom cloud style. The higher-ups said no.
..Lucky?, Well he was discharged with a medical disability that resulted with him having to wear camo-intends for the rest of his life.
..I got the mopping up detail and the other members of our crack-tech-bomb-crew did the counting of detonators that were strewn around the work area like golden oranges. Captain Mann went out and bought a 1st Gen Corvette!

 

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