Friday, January 24, 2014

RISE PUMPKIN RISE!



















This post is copied from my other blog Avid Art.
It was done just before Halloween 2013.
Although each is meant to be different it is one that fits both blogs Avid Art & Avid Art 2.
Industrial subjects are big over there on Avid Art but since it has that lively edge to it he easily made the migration here and settled right in. 


"Smilin' Jack"
oil on panel, 2013
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.78cm)
For sale at DAILYPAINTWORKS

I can't think of anything that says Halloween better than painted steel and asphalt, can you? ; )
At least in my version.
I could paint actual pumpkins but there are enough of those.

Every year the Phillips 66 refinery in Wilmington California paints one of their oil tanks, shaped like a pumpkin, for Halloween.
It takes more than 100 gallons of orange, white and black paint to cover the 3 million gallon tank, known as "Smilin' Jack". (update-correction : it is orange all year long and takes 100 gallons of white and black paint...)

In the spirit of Halloween I couldn't resist having some fun with it by churning up the sky and bringing the Jack-o-lantern to life rather than doing a more straight forward approach.
Even this view suggests he is rising from behind the asphalt berm.

"Smilin' Jack"

The seething cauldron begins its boil
Toward Halloween He starts his toil

His rise each season is his knack
For all who seek a holiday snack

What lies ahead is why He smiles
Ask those who have fallen for His wiles

His invite just might be a trap
If true, for you, will be your hap

-David J Teter-

Have fun sleeping tonight!5

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