Chrome on Silk

23 April 2009 at 5:44 pm 4 comments

bigblack3 A woman I worked with years ago asked if I could paint a motorcycle on a scarf for her sister.  After I’d sprayed tea all over myself laughing, I told her no, that wasn’t something I did.  But then I got to thinking . . . how fun could that be?  I’ve always loved using cognitive dissonance exercises to get the wheels turning when I’m looking for ideas for my silk or my writing.  What better illustration of improbable cognitive dissonance than chrome on silk?

It turned out beautifully, and her sister was thrilled.  I did another recently and posted it on my Trunkt portfolio.  A gallery owner outside Sturgis South Dakota saw it and commissioned me to make more for her to have on hand for this summer’s motorcycle convention there.  3cycles

I ended up with a portfolio of motorcycles and it dawned on me that I really needed a 1952 Vincent Black Lightning to do homage to my hero, Richard Thompson. 

So, here’s my Vincent on silk, still on the silk stretcher.  The white grains in the sky are salt, which will make a starry pattern in the sky.   Vincent

Says Red Molly to James, “That’s a fine motor bike.  A girl could feel special on any such like.” 
Says James to Red Molly, “My hat’s off to you, it’s a Vincent Black Lightning 1952.  Well, I’ve seen you at the corners and cafes, it seems.  Red hair and black leather’s my favorite color scheme.”
And her pulled her on behind and down to Boxhill they did ride.  

Sigh.  I don’t like story songs as a rule, but I sure love this one.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chrissie  |  30 April 2009 at 2:12 am

    beautiful ensemble

  • 2. Joon  |  24 April 2009 at 8:08 pm

    These are magnificent, J. Love everything about them and your post. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • 3. Joan linenbroker  |  24 April 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Love the story and the motorcycles on the scarves. They belong
    together somehow.

  • 4. Martha  |  23 April 2009 at 9:58 pm

    These motorcycles scarves of yours are really neat. I can see why everyone likes them; I do myself and I’m not even a motorcycle fan.


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