Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Works of Art

Thanks to an email tip-off from observant GOSP reader Dbdubya, I managed to run out yesterday and get a picture of this vintage English Mini parked in front of Fremont Gallery. Notice how the Old Car Fairy who seems to present me with these shots managed to, yet again, match the car to the surroundings. In this case, the orange paint seems to be from the same expressive palette that touched the paintings in the window.

At least that's how it appears to this woman's eyes.

(Speaking of which, make sure to check out the new exhibition at the gallery: Through Women's Eyes. It opens February 7th.)

25 comments:

Yakpate said...

Where is everybody? This is the only time I've ever left the first comment on your blog!

As usual, the yummy orange is made doubly so by the periwinkle blue from the opposite side of the color wheel. This shot is so cheery... I want to visit that gallery immediately... I want to live in this blue-sky, sunshine world!

Judy Williams said...

Lines and angles!! Look at all of that geometry. The whole thing has a kind of citrus feel with the cool blues up top reflecting the sky in the window. :~)

I found this beauty the other day for anyone who'd like to see. (yeah, I know, it's highly edited, but ...)

http://www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=762123

Hope said...

You have such talent, Laurie, in capturing the wonder & beauty of your city. I have missed visiting your blog and hope to return more often.

altadenahiker said...

What, you have photo scouts now? Aren't you just all that.

Wayne said...

Who else would have her own Old Car Fairy?

Virginia said...

I want a Car Fairy or just a Good Photo Op Fairy. I like the orange and on my monitor the windows etc. look sort of purpley. Is that a word?
V

dbdubya said...

Happy to be looking out for you, Laurie. I'm glad you got there in time.

For those not familiar with our town, the Fremont Gallery is in the building with the palm trees painted on the side that was posted about a month ago.

Dixie Jane said...

Picture a heavy laden orange tree near the Mediterranean Sea. Such glorious colors. It makes me happy just seeing the colors, nevermind that it is a car and windows of a building. I agree with you, Yak. To live in this blue-sky sunshine world is such a gift.

Stéphane Kardos said...

You make me nostalgic, I use to see this car everywhere in my 6 years in London.
This is a great shot, this orange! :)

-K- said...

The other striking thing about this and all the other similar photos is the lack of traffic. Where is the congestion? Why are all those parking spaces available?

If you're not careful, you're going to make South Pasadena seem so appealing that soon it will be filled with people like me.

dbdubya said...

Trust me, K, South Pasadena has lots of traffic. We're the city that's famous for successfully fighting the completion of the 710 freeway. The 50 year old battle has prevented a freeway from going right through the middle of town. The current discussion is to build a tunnel under the city to close the gap.

While the residents have been successful in stopping the freeway, the result has been a lot of traffic through town. We are not lacking in lots of cars, especially at rush hour. And, there are residential neighborhoods bordering retail where parking is at a premium.

Even with that, South Pasadena is still a special place.

LSaeta said...

Another gret photo Laurie. Who would figure, that I have driven past this building a thousand times and I never knew there was an art gallery inside? Maybe I am too busy admiring the palm trees and shadows along the side of the building! Thanks again for your nice comments on my blog. Coffee soon ok?

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Remember teeny weeny Hondas? I think they're even smaller then the Mini, if thats at all possible.

So Laurie... you now have "people" hmmmm...

Judy Williams said...

Maybe your old car fairy is really Baby Aisha (sorry, but I laughed out loud after re-reading yesterday's comments)and she is making sure that when you take a photo of an old car, there isn't any others around, crowding the parking space.

pasadenapio said...

That photo, including the building, could have been taken in any European country. Nice work!

Mister Earl said...

Yeah, Laurie, you've ruined your mystique by admitting you use scouts. Next thing you know, Yitzhak Pearlman and Yo Yo Ma will be using recordings!

You are right Stephane, you did see this car in London for six years. But Laurie had it shipped over. I've suspected she imports cars from Ronnie's in Altadena, but now she's bringing them across the pond.

Petrea said...

I'm enjoying the shot and the comments. Come to think of it, My car matches our house and my husband's car matches the trim. And we live in don't even live in South Pasadena. Accident? Or...

I don't know if -K- would be able to stand South Pas for long. It's hard to get those dark, brooding shots you do so well. Dark, yes. Brooding, no.

Laurie said...

Yeah, that's me -- the blogger with the supernatural/trans-Atlantic entourage!

Laurie said...

Oh P. K's shots aren't brooding. They're wistful and poetic!

Petrea said...

That's what I mean!

Babooshka said...

Oh the mini. Iconic car. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me when I spied this on the portal. By dad worked at the car plant that made these many moons ago. The light is amazing so clear. I am surrounded by opaque light if that makes sense.

Stéphane Kardos said...

French car next Laurie? :)

Laurie said...

Hello again,

Thank you all for stopping by and looking at the orange mini! I wouldn't have seen it without eagle-eye Dbdubya tipping me off -- thanks again!

I'm going to sign off because I caught my daughter's cold and it has stuffed up not only my nose but most of the rest of the space in my head usually involved in thinking. Ugh.

Until tomorrow...

dbdubya said...

Just in case anyone is interested, this little Mini is still parked in front of the gallery with a For Sale sign in the window. You can own a little bit of automotive history, with an emphasis on little, for $5500.

Laurie said...

Thanks for the update, Dbdubya!