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The Features – - – Bubbling Artists – Beautiful Blends Groups ~:0)

The How We Did It! – - – Canon G11 compact camera, Wide-Angle Lens (‘bout 6-7mm), photomopped all those layers and did unspeakable things with blend modes, used a tripod so’s the 3 bracketed shots could be harnessed in Photomatix Pro to make this thing HDR – We did it all!!! Man!!!

Surfin’ Safari Story – - – Yeh! Let’s go surfin’ now! Everybody’s learnin’ how! Come on a Safari with me!!! Woo Man this banged up loosely restored VW Surf Rod complete with tubular roof-rack is so rad – dude! – Ha! This cool vintage Volkswagen Beetle is pretty much in it’s natural state of condition. And that is great! ~:0)

U know I’m getting kinda tired of vehicles with $10,000 paint jobs. I’ve seem all the $15,000 wheels I care to. And I… – no wait a mo. I still like a nice tuck-and-roll leather upholstery job. But let’s cover it with a good looking donkey blanket. You know just so we can say we did – Ha!

Don’t get me wrong. I still groove on an all out ’23 roadster. And that yellow Ford Roadster I did two pieces about is still just about me fave rod. I’m just saying hot rodding is a bit too much of the same old – same old. The cool bit about rat rods and daily driver rides is that they got there own kind of mystique about ‘em. Glad we can appreciate the patina on a rod that’s been outdoors for decades. Simplifying one’s wheels is an enrichment of life-style in by book. It’s a way of honoring a better time. A time when folks built stuff with what they had around the shop lends a warmth to daily gear grinding!

Take the classic VW Surf Rod in today’s photo. Just puts me in mind of the good times we had back in the day. We’d hop in a rod that might – or might not – make it hundreds of miles to the coast for a weekend of surfin’. That’s why we carried tools, right? One time the points broke off in a Vee-Dub I was driving. Caught a ride into town. Got a fresh set. Made it back out to the Vee and installed ‘em in the dark. Whew! What a day that was. Can’t tell U how many times I’ve sat on the side of a road scratchin’ me head holding a broken part. Almost seems like good memories now. Pain in the neck back then – Ha!

I am a biological entity who yonks back chose to become a Texian – Hot Rod Art is me Game – make em – drive em – photograph em – make art about em ~:0) VivaChas Hot Rod Art!

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  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoabout 2 years ago

    Survivor! This will run forever….could use a $10,000 paint job tho.
    Nice work Chas!

  • Billy Blu!!! Is it really U? Man am I glad U stopped by! Gets kinda lonely round here at times. Thanks for stopping by ~:0) VivaChas!

    – ChasSinklier

  • John Ryan
    John Ryanabout 2 years ago

  • Thanks John appreciate the Feature of a bubbly old VW on a surfing safari ~:0) VivaChas!

    – ChasSinklier

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonabout 2 years ago

    Your outstanding work is featured in Beautiful Blends! (Click the banner to reach the forum, where your artwork is on permanent display!)

    Congratulations, Chas!

  • Thanks Nadya – both I and the VW are very excited with this feature ~:0) VivaChas!

    – ChasSinklier

  • micklyn
    micklynabout 2 years ago

    this is very cool. : )

  • Thanks for the nice comment Micklyn – ur making our day around here ~:0) VivaChas!

    – ChasSinklier

  • ©The Creative  Minds
    ©The Creative Mindsabout 2 years ago

    cool, I drive a VW Beetle in bottle green…

  • Bottle Green – - – is that up in Scotland? Or is it the Bottle Green in the Northern Territories? – and thanks for the nice comment ~:0) VivaChas!

    – ChasSinklier

  • ©The Creative  Minds
    ©The Creative Mindsabout 2 years ago

    …it is wherever it takes me…Bavaria, Italy, Scotland, England, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Ireland soon…

    I rejoice in what I have, and I greet the new with open arms.

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