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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

AN OLD TRUCK, ANTIQUE SIGN AND LICHENS




Out on the country road just before you enter the small town of Brownsville, Oregon you will spot an old truck sitting by the roadside. It looks very content among the trees and tall grass. 

I presume it serves as an ad board for an antique shop in Old Town. I don't know where Old Town is but I believe that it might be what the local folks call Main street in Brownsville?




The Oregon licence plate that is still attached to this old truck is dated "85" -- almost thirty years ago. I take it that this is the last time the truck was driven, legally that is. I gave the exterior a once over as I felt that the truck might have been painted by a local impressionistic artist who had created patches of colors residing all over its entire body.




However, my final conclusions were that the truck's body colors were its original -- blue faded to aqua -- then painted a second coat of red now faded to a rose color. Then as a deluxe touch mother nature eventually stepped in and flourished it with golden lichens. It really is a piece of work -- a positive work that is!

I wonder what age this old truck is? 



28 comments:

  1. What a great find! I love old trucks made beautiful by nature.

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    1. Teresa -- Worn objects have always been of interest to me. The wear tells a bit of a story thanks -- barbara

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  2. That is a lovely work of art!!!

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    1. Mother nature did most of it with sun and lichens -- thanks -- barbara

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  3. wow, look at all that color! I know it's antique, but it looks like something from a modern art museum. The lichen layer is really terrific!

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    1. Melissa -- I felt the color was a feast for the eyes -- fun finding along side the road -- thanks barbara

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  4. I'll bet it's forties, early fifties.I looked twice to be sure the plate wasn't New Jersey, the garden state. This is a real truck garden truck!

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    1. Joanne -- Oh that truck does have some age then! Old cars and trucks turn my head but knowing the years does not always come easy to me unless it was a kind my family drove. thanks -- barbara

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  5. I love the accidental beauty of that old truck. The colors are truly wonderful.

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    1. I think this truck has had nine lives. thanks -- barbara

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  6. However those colors came to be, they are really wonderful on this old truck. What a great piece of "found art"!

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    1. Yes -- it is found art. I feel that most of what I look at with my camera is found art. If only I had time to capture it -- thanks -- barbara

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  7. Nice paint job, reminds me of a friend's multi-coloured, psychedelic truck of 1969.

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    1. John -- Did you post your friends truck?? Would be fun to see it -- thanks -- barbara

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  8. I thought I posted this yesterday but I guess I didn't. I LOVE the colors on the truck however they got there. So glad you saw it and photographed it so beatifully.

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    1. June -- Whoops -- didn't realize you had posted a comment twice. Anyway -- your words are kind. thanks barbara

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  9. Too big to drag into an exhibition, how about an installation around it? It is gorgeous!

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    1. naomi -- Well I guess it would be a good example of country transportation ways. thanks for the nice comment -- barbara

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  10. What amazing colors and texture!

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    1. Vicki -- thanks -- the lichens gave it beautiful texture that is difficult to appreciate in my photo -- barbara

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    1. One Fly -- I'll go along with that. I know nothing about old trucks except I like their old forms. Thanks One Fly -- barbzra

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  12. The truck is a colorful masterpiece. I see that you are finding old treasures that you so love, just as you did in Kentucky.

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    1. Rita -- I am finding more than when I first arrived. I was spoiled in KY as unique finds were around every corner. Now I have to travel far to hit pay dirt. With the price of gas I have to think long and hard before making trips. Thanks for calling the truck a masterpiece:)) -- barbara

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  13. It would be hard to leave that truck without a hug...

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    1. Raining Iguanas -- I am sure I will pass that old truck again when I am in Oregon snoopy around, Don't think it is going anyplace soon. thanks -- barbara

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  14. Thank you so much for your kind support, always look forward to your beautiful work.

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    1. Carole Anne -- Always like to look in on your blog once in awhile to see what you are up to with your books. You are doing great! -- thanks for the comment -- barbara

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