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The March Triple Header- St Pete's-Phoenix-Detroit!
Sometimes March can be a good time for me to catch up on commissions, do paintings for future shows and to explore landscapes and abstracts...as well as to fly my RC helicopters and planes! However, this March started with a bang!
On Saturday night, March 12th at the IndyCar race in Tampa I did a live painting for Banker's Insurance at the beautiful Vinoy Hotel with 150 or so in attendance. Banker’s Trust is an affiliate sponsor of Ed Carpenter Racing. The painting features their driver Josef Newgarden passing the Salvador Dali Museum which is on the waterfront, right next to the track. Unfortunately for me, the museum was closed during the IndyCar weekend…I’ll have to find a way to see it sometime.
A 6:00am flight out on Sunday March 13th got me to Phoenix in time to see the start of the Sprint Cup race and to set up my easel in Victory Circle and to paint the race winner live. It was great seeing Kevin Harvick win again and always great to see my son Will (also a huge motor enthusiast) who lives in Phoenix.
Monday morning March 14th another 6:00am flight to get me to Detroit for another live painting event at the Henry Ford Museum for Lincoln Motor Company. (I have to go back and spend days at that museum...what an amazing museum!)
I did a painting of the new Lincoln that was being shown to dealers from around the country for the first time.
While in Detroit, I got to have dinner with my old friend John McElroy (www.autoline.tv) and his wife Marie. John and I went to our first car race together in Argentina in the late 60's. Our fathers were both working in Argentina at the time and we attended high school together. Going to those first few races together changed the trajectories of our lives!