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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

August 7 - First Day up to Morro Bay

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Blogging the Trip
 
I'm posting these blog entries after the end of the trip, because I just couldn't get it all to work as I was on the road.
 
I made notes and took images, and now am sharing them with you on this "official" blog.
 
First Day - Morro Bay
First day: 277 miles from Riverside to Morro Bay. No painting along the way because of traffic and Los Angeles congestion on the freeway. But once we dropped down to Oxnard and then headed up the 101 to Santa Barbara, the freeways opened up and the vistas along the ocean were grand. Jo and I rode our bikes into Morro Bay where we were able to find excellent, dog-friendly accommodations at the "Pleasant Hotel" just a block and a half from the bay. The image above shows my bike parked with the edge of Morro Rock visible on the left. The ocean is right THERE... as is the "Embarcadero" or dock area. Wow!
 
Our rooms weren't ready quite yet, so I took Jo on a tour of the area south of Morro Bay, including Los Osos, and we stopped where I'd painted almost 30 years ago with Joyce Pike. Joyce taught me so much about "painterly strokes" during that workshop, that it was an honor to sit there and paint another of the same vista.This is a tiny 5 x7 oil of Morro Rock from the State Park area, done in oils, with the fog coming in. Soft colors, distant fog.
 
 
Jo took a picture of me painting with Sparky finally getting a nap on his "doggie donut" aka security bed.
We were both tired from the long, busy drive on freeways, so made a short night of it after a quick dinner down by the ocean. Morro Bay is very dog friendly!
Thanks for reading,
Elin
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Monday, August 05, 2013

August 5 - The Road Trip Preparations

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Blogging the Trip
 
I'm posting these blog entries after the end of the trip, because I just couldn't get it all to work as I was on the road.
 
I made notes and took images, and now am sharing them with you on this "official" blog.
 
Before the Road Trip Began
How would you feel if someone told you that you needed to sling a leg over this hunk of metal and then drive almost two thousand miles on it? And then you would stop and paint an oil painting every day?
 
Well, no one TOLD me to do this. But I did it and loved every minute of the journey.
 
You've heard me say that art is a journey, and the waypoints along the road are what matter, and not the destination. Well, it is true as evidenced by what I've become in the past few years and how I plan to live my life in the next bunch of years. This road trip is part of the new direction my life is taking.
 
First the ride: a 2007 Harley Davidson Softail Classic, about 1500 ccs of engine and 750 pounds, over 25,000 miles already on it. Packed with my oils and SPARKY the dog (see the black case just behind my seat? That's Kuryakyn dog luggage for motorcycles, and Sparky hops right in. It has mesh openings and comes with dishes and handles, just like a regular dog carrier, but posher.)
 
Then my oils. I bought the 5 x 7 thumb box from Guerilla Painters, and cut down the pill boxes of my Color System to hold five pigments (the image below is before I did that). I took white, burnt umber and thalo blue in tubes to fill out the missing compartments. I bought (It worked BEAUTIFULLY.)
 
 
In the next nine days, I'd like to share with you the daily journey of this motorcycling road trip, with images taken and paintings painted along this journey
 
Thanks for reading,
Elin
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Bodega Bay Area

The coast of California is beautifully colored when the sun shines on the water, sand and bluffs, and with my Color System, painting it is "easy-peasy". I parked the motorcycle at Schoolhouse Beach above Bodega Bay and painted this 7 x 5 oil while sitting on the edge overlooking the sea. The fog is still there, off in the distance, but the sun pokes through at this very special spot.

The northern coast of California is truly a very special area, and continues to call me for future trips to visit it. Many friends live up this way, and I will make time to spend with them when I return.

 Now it is a special day for me, my 65th birthday, and I'm spending it in Morro Bay, and in Ojai, where I went to high school. Please let me know if you're still interested in receiving these blog posts, as I continue on my artistic journey. Let me know what you'd like to know--about painting, trips, visits, the life of an artist... whatever! I love it all...

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Coast Highway of Northern California


Staying in wonderful Mendocino on the north-central coast of California is one of the greater pleasures of being an artist. A little bed and breakfast overlooking the water, and then a day of painting out on the Headlands.... can it get any finer? I imagine so, but for me, this return to painting with gusto and energy is just precisely what I need--and now I have--along the California coast.

"View from the Headlands" Original oil, 5x7 inches, $100 for this or any of the other paintings that I'm creating on this journey. Just email me....

The sun has been peeking out between the fog banks, and the drive down from Fortuna yesterday was spectacular.

With both hands on the handlebars, the Harley curved around jaw-dropping heights to the sea below. Mere photography cannot put the stomach-knotting reality of one's own impermanence on this earth as does being in the moment and living it with nothing but air and a tiny guard rail between you and eternity. Enclosed in a car would not give me this feeling of being totally ALIVE on this trip, as did that route.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Redwoods and More Painting

 While waiting in the parking lot of Hearst Castle, I had time to open the oils and paint this 5 x 7 of the view to the hills south. This image doesn't quite show the colors true to the painting (they are richer and more detailed), but I'm happy with the composition.

The little Guerilla painter thumb box (for 5 x 7 panels) works wonderfully well in "transport" mode, where space is at a premium, as on the motorcycle. I can carry all my plein air gear in a small pack that straps handily right on top of the requisite luggage for road trips. The contents include:
1. The Guerilla Painter box
2. Brushes
3. Tin for mineral spirits
4. Drink bottle full of mineral spirits
5. Paper towels
6. Cotton garden gloves that I use for painting (also keeps the sun at bay!)
7. Roll of wax paper and heavy-duty rubber bands (for packing the semi-wet paintings face-to-face with wax paper in between)
8. Small tin of Vaseline for cleaning brushes (no need for soap!)
9. Pill boxes with two days cut off--I have tubes of white, burnt umber and pthalo blue that are added as needed to the mixing palette, so I only have five pill boxes with cool and five pill boxes with warm colors.
Here's an image of the setup. It works really, REALLY well.

The trip has been over 1200 miles so far, and just AWESOME!!

Oh, here's a link to the video of the Avenue of the Giants from the motorcycle! Turn DOWN your sound, since the wind noise and Harley pipes are loud.
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Morro Rock

We sure went through some gorgeous country today on the motorcycles! From the second day along the coast of California to this evening in
Mendocino, we've put over 1,000 miles on our bikes.

On the first evening of the road trip,  as the fog was coming back in, I sat on a log in almost the exact same place when I learned brushwork from Joyce Pike in her workshop. With a more mature mind,  I painted the same scene again, in oils and as a 5 x 7. Tonight I raise my glass to the memory of the fabulous woman who opened the door for me in expressive brushwork: Joyce Pike.

Tomorow the journey continues with more ocean paintings.


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Thursday, July 25, 2013

On the Road Again... with Paint Box

Seeing the world from the seat of a motorcycle is totally different than seeing it from a car seat. Today our two motorcycles traveled on one of the most memorable motorcycling roads in California--Highway 36--and it was QUITE the ride! Highway 36 is quite like a woman with mood swings--one moment you're on a beautifully maintained road with jaw-dropping vistas down to rivers and over to mountain ranges, and the next you're dropped into dark and swirling twisties without any road striping. Far better than any roller coaster, this road asks a lot of a motorcycle rider, and even more of the artist within me.

We stopped for a picnic lunch at the state park and  my artist side kicked in as I looked out over the Eel River and planned the layout of the levels of atmosphere from the rocky bars into the water to the distant blue-green redwoods. I sat on a small bridge with the sound of a happy family playing in the water behind me, and pulled this painting off my brushes.

The redwoods are awesome, and here are Joanna and my motorcycles parked at the base of some of the larger ones.

Tomorrow we head south, heading down the Avenue of the Giants and out to the northern coast with its ocean views, for our fourth overnight in Mendocino overlooking the Pacific.

Thank you for joining me on this journey of a lifetime!
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Motorcycle Painting Trip!

The bike is packed. The motorcycle trip up through Northern California is planned. Painting all the way, taking Sparky the traveling dog with me (his "dog luggage' kennel is right behind my seat with lots of ventilation), and the road trip commences! For those of you not familiar with motorcycles, this is a Harley Davidson Softail, 2007 model.

 274 miles later, and I'm sitting on a log in Morro Bay, taking out the first of several canvases to do a vista that I did back in the 80's under the aspicious instruction of Joyce Pike. I'm using a 5x7 thumb box and oils for this getaway.

Join me for this journey of a lifetime up the coast highway 1!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Obviously someone hacked my blog and sent some spam out to all my friends and artist friends. I'm sorry that happened, and have taken the necessary precautions to keep that from happening again.

To everyone, I'm still here!

I've had some really massive life-changes in the 18 months or so, and have taken time to focus on things that supplanted the production of art and marketing of the paintings. I ask your patience for a little while longer, while I regain my footing.

I can assure you that my creative energies are still alive and well, and I'm seeing so much beauty in the world now that I really want to capture with paint and brush as I move forward in new ways.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oct 18 - In Georgia!!

I received an email awhile ago with a request for a painting, and the story follows. I hope you'll read her words and know why I paint:
 "I am interested in a small painting of a special yellow dog, that in a short time, opened the heart of a special man.  During a recent trek in the mountains of Nepal, a young, friendly dog joined us.  Wilson, as he became known, developed a special relationship with Ernest, the man pictured here.  Over the next nine days, he stayed close to us, "protecting" us from other trekking dogs, and looking to Ernest to protect him from goats, cows, and young Nepalese men wielding bamboo sticks.  Contrary to Nepalese custom, Wilson slept in the same room with Ernest and ate Nepalese bread, onion omelettes, and fried rice.  In one instance, where Ernest ordered chicken momo (Nepalese potstickers) and realized that the chicken in the arms of the woman passing the table was destined for the momo, Wilson got the entire serving!  Wilson would be on his way back to the United States.  Unfortunately, the tea house proprietress on our last night had two dogs, who did not tolerate Wilson, and, combined with her bamboo stick, drove him into the forest.  Although we heard him during the night, he could not work his past her and the dogs.

Ernest was heartbroken, although he maintained a stiff upper lip, for the rest of the trek.  In fact, he carried food for Wilson, hoping that the dog would catch up with us on the trail.  Such was not to be.  Ernest came up to me later and asked if I would send him the photo of Wilson sleeping on his trekking shoes.

What I recall of your work is your ability to capture the essence of the human-animal relationship, while maintaining the animal's integrity.  This is would remind Ernest of a special time, with a special dog, in a special time."

So yesteray I painted this acrylic of Wilson, and will be sending it off to Lynda to give to Ernest. I took no payment for it, because this painting HAD to be. Lynda offered to remit the price of a similar work to my local shelter in Wilson and Ernest's names. I am honored to have been a part of this event.
 
Last night I took the students on a quick hike around the 800 acres (well, we didn't go THAT far!) and we saw the evening light and the turning trees... GLORIOUS! What a magical time on the East Coast when the trees turn and the fall weather comes in. My favorite time of year, and my hostess is generous with her beautiful acreage. Lots of material for paintings!
 
I hope you'll continue on with me on this journey, and perhaps forward this on to your friends and family.

Thanks for reading,
Elin
 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Leaving more behind...



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Riverside Weekend, November 5-6 at Two Trees Studio
February in Aiken, South Carolina
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Just Packing!
 
October 13 - Leaving More Than Just the Place

 
Today I said goodbye to my beloved Vincent van Goat, whose life I ended in a need for compassion in his last hours. Those of you who have known me for the past 14 years also knew Vincie, my pack goat. He has been featured in many of my DVDs, even joined a group of MBAs over at the University for a joke in a photo shoot, and he was just a beautiful soul.
 
The painting above was done from reference material on one of our many walkabouts with him carrying my paint gear. His body rests near there now, and I will always remember his sense of humor and good nature when I asked him to go above and beyond his normal routine of just being with me when I painted. He was stoic, funny and always appreciated good treatment. Not many goats are born into the hands that will eventually end their lives, so in that regard, he was one lucky goat.
 
The end of an era...his large, Swiss neck bell is silent.

 
I fly tomorrow and am for the most part ready to go. I worry about the place here, and the animals/dogs/cats I leave in certainly capable hands, yet I know when I'm airborne I'll be looking forward to new friends, more paint than you can shake a stick at, and fun times.
I hope you'll continue on with me on this journey, and perhaps forward this on to your friends and family.
 
Thanks for reading,
Elin
Elin Pendleton, AAEA WAOW
POB 5954, Riverside, CA 92517

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Packing & History, 100 years ago



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100 Years Ago...And Now
 
I received an email from a lady at the Historical Museum of Hotchkiss, Colorado, yesterday. She wrote asking about my paternal grandparents, who raised my dad and uncle there just after the turn of the last century (my dad was born in 1906.) 
She was excited to know that my grandmother Bess was an avid photographer, and that I had several albums of life in Hotchkiss. We'll be working together in filling their archives with images of the life there as I digitalize many of the photos.
 
Here's one of my grandmother Bess Thomas, with one of the many cameras she loved to use. No Margaret Bourke-White, but my grandmother took thousands of images of her life.
 
And I must say that the family resemblence is strong, as is the joy in doing what she loved!
 
 
October 12 - Packing the Last Bits for Georgia
 
This nice little 8 x 6 acrylic could be just about anywhere in our world...anywhere we can raise our eyes to the treetops and enjoy the wonderful sky above. I painted this as "edu-tainment" for the gallery in Idyllwild, using traditional acrylics.
 
What I like about it is the variation of greens in the trees (who doesn't sigh and roll their eyes when we talk about the greens on our palette!). Their are mixtures of both warm and cool greens from the Color System, and they play very well against the grays of the sky clouds. 
 
My characteristic brushwork is very much in evidence, mimicing the wind in the pines--which is the characteristic of these denizens of nature when swayed by mountain breezes. I know I've "nailed it" when I can get both my brushes and the subject to connect this way.
 
This painting is available, from me for $95 with free shipping.  (email me!)
 
I hope you'll continue on with me on this journey, and perhaps forward this on to your friends and family.
 
Thanks for reading,
Elin
Pesto and Bats, ex-studio cats, now living room cats (where the sun shines!)
Elin Pendleton, AAEA WAOW
POB 5954, Riverside, CA 92517

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Workshop Prep and High School Reunion



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So I'm packing up and shipping boxes today, and will fly with great JOY to the farm in Georgia, meeting new and returning Color Boot Camp artists for those two glorious weeks. Yes, Sparky is going too! And if you're interested in creating memories of your own, there is still a spot for you there. Let's share this great gift of life!
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High School Reunion
 
This past weekend I took off with the Dodge and camper to head to Ojai for my (burble)-th high school reunion. What a blast! (Do I sound like a kid from the 60s?)
 
Well it was a LOT of fun, mostly because I also took Mz Glass, putting her in the horse trailer for the trip north. Here she is lashed down and ready to roll.
I camped at Lake Casitas, a beautiful man-made lake near Ojai, and took many road trips on the motorcycle throughout the valley. There's an overlook that was made famous in the 1930s movie "Lost Horizon" where the actors come through the Hymalayan mountains to the paradise of Shangra La. They used this point to take that scene, so I drove up to it and looked into my own paradise below.
 
October 6 - Workshop Preparation and a Lesson
 
I'm planning the things I'm going to be teaching in the workshops in Georgia, and one major point of the Color Boot Camps is the Time of Day (or ToD). This image is from the time I spent in Idyllwild this past summer, painting the sights and landmarks in this mountain community. (One of only two places I know where they don't allow franchise business--no Starbucks, no McDonalds, no Waffle Houses).
 
This 8 x 6 acrylic demonstrates evening light as it falls on the icon of Lily Rock, a rock climber's Mecca. The Color System is working here in affecting the lights and shadows with the dominant influence we find in evening light. I know if you've seen my DVD on Evening Light, you'll pick out what's happening here.
 
This painting IS available, from me for $95 with free shipping.  (email me!)
 
I plan to paint every day while I'm in Georgia, during and after the workshop days' end, so the students will see the Color System in action, including evening light! Hope you can join me. I think there's a space left in the bunkhouse! Last-minute getaways are good for the soul.
I hope you'll continue on with me on this journey, and perhaps forward this on to your friends and family.
 
Thanks for reading,
Elin
Elin Pendleton, AAEA WAOW
POB 5954, Riverside, CA 92517

Oct 6 - Workshop News, Evening Light

I'm planning the things I'm going to be teaching in the workshops in Georgia, and one major point of the Color Boot Camps is the Time of Day (or ToD).

This image is from the time I spent in Idyllwild this past summer, painting the sights and landmarks in this mountain community. (one of only two places I know where they don't allow franchise business--no Starbucks, no McDonalds, no Waffle Houses).

This 8 x 6 acrylic demonstrates evening light as it falls on the icon of Lily Rock, a rock climber's Mecca. The Color System is working here in affecting the lights and shadows with the dominant influence we find in evening light. I know if you've seen my DVD on Evening Light, you'll pick out what's happening here.

This painting IS available, from me for $95 with free shipping.  (email)

I plan to paint every day while I'm in Georgia, during and after the workshop days' end, so the students will see the Color System in action, including evening light! Hope you can join me. I think there's a space left in the bunkhouse! Last-minute getaways are good for the soul.

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My workshop schedule for 2011 is HERE.
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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Georgia Color Boot Camp and Joy of Life!



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So I'm packing up and shipping boxes today, and will fly with great JOY to the farm in Georgia, meeting new and returning Color Boot Camp artists for those two glorious weeks. Yes, Sparky is going too! And if you're interested in creating memories of your own, there is still a spot for you there. Let's share this great gift of life!
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Life Imitates Art
Does this look like one of my earlier paintings? On another ride with the motorcycle and pal Amanda, we come across yet another small, terrified dog running through traffic. This time an injured miniature pinscher. Of COURSE we stop and pick her up.
 
"Stella" as she came to be known (becasue of her stilleto legs!), had a torn shoulder from a dog attack, so I tucked her tiny bloody body into my jacket and off we went to my vet. $300 later, and she's stitched and drained. At six pounds, she is TINY.
 
Today she is living with another friend in Palm Desert, and you can watch her playing with her new family on YouTube HERE.
 
There is much to be joyful for today!
 
 

October 5 - Packing for Georgia and Making Joyful Memories
 It's with a bit of trepidation that I pack my art supplies and workshop materials for shipping across the country again. If you remember, a year ago in May, my boxes with original art, and all workshop materials were stolen from my neighbor's gate where they were mis-sent (blog June 2 last year).  Packing brings back the angst of those weeks while I felt the loss of so much of who I am as an artist. But we move forward, and so it is.
 
Returning to Georgia will have me painting images like the one above--"Springtime Mom" lost in the boxes, yet still inside my head and hands because I have lived it. So we lose things, yet their memories and the joy of them stays with us.
 
When I last wrote, I was dealing with many losses, some not so joyful. The loss through suicide of Isaac, the gallery owner in Idyllwild. I saw him the morning he took his life, and said I was painting one for him up at Humber Park. While my brushes were on the canvas, he was putting a gun to his head. I was one of the last people to see him alive, and it bothers me still that I was so obtuse to not see his pain. His lasting gift to me is that life is precious, and that the string of it we are given at birth is not that long, so we need to be kinder and more gentle to those we love, and more sensitive to what's in their lives. The photo shows Isaac with his adopted rescue Gracie, and my artist friend Ron Wood.
I hope you'll continue on with me on this journey, and perhaps forward this on to your friends and family.
 
Thanks for reading,
Elin
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POB 5954, Riverside, CA 92517

Oct 5 - Packing for the Georgia Workshops

It's with a bit of trepidation that I pack my art supplies and workshop materials for shipping across the country again. If you remember, a year ago in May, my boxes with original art, and all workshop materials were stolen from my neighbor's gate where they were mis-sent (blog June 2 last year).  Packing brings back the angst of those weeks while I felt the loss of so much of who I am as an artist. But we move forward, and so it is.

Returning to Georgia will have me painting images like the one to the right--"Springtime Mom" lost in the boxes, yet still inside my head and hands because I have lived it. So we lose things, yet their memories and the joy of them stays with us.

When I last wrote, I was dealing with many losses, some not so joyful. The loss through suicide of Isaac, the gallery owner in Idyllwild. I saw him the morning he took his life, and said I was painting one for him up at Humber Park. While my brushes were on the canvas, he was putting a gun to his head. I was one of the last people to see him alive, and it bothers me still that I was so obtuse to not see his pain. His lasting gift to me is that life is precious, and that the string of it we are given at birth is not that long, so we need to be kinder and more gentle to those we love, and more sensitive to what's in their lives. The photo shows Isaac with his adopted rescue Gracie, and my artist friend Ron Wood.

So I'm packing up and shipping boxes today, and will fly with great JOY to the farm in Georgia, meeting new and returning Color Boot Camp artists for those two glorious weeks. Yes, Sparky is going too! And if you're interested in creating memories of your own, there is still a spot for you there. Let's share this great gift of life!

The Color System is HERE
You can see my entire blog HERE.
My workshop schedule for 2011 is HERE.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Aug 18 - The Idyllwild Adventure and Ms. Glass

Late last year I was contacted by a fellow from the desert area who was opening a gallery in Idyllwild. This small community tucked into a valley at 5200 feet is the alpine town where I had my first employment back in 1978. So I have always had a warm spot for it.
I met the gallery owner, and felt an immediate connection, and provided him with 28 paintings over the next few months. He sold them for me, and it was a good friendship. He moved to Idyllwild, and adopted a young rat terrier like Sparky. I had wonderful reasons to go visit this place without franchise restaurants, and I painted this 16 x 20 oil on canvas for him. The gallery is on the right in this image, below Lily Rock--the local landmark.

Technical Tips: Reminder--edges match the "nature" of the object. Soft pine needles, soft edges. Poles and buildings, harder edges. Anything over 300 feet away gets a soft edge, because the human eye cannot see like an eagle at distance, and so to give the illusion of distance on these woefully inadequate flat surfaces called canvases, we "fuzz" the edges.

Other News: I would take the motorcycle up to Idyllwild on any excuse--to paint, to visit the gallery, to talk to Isaac. The drive is wondrous, with vistas and "twisties" where the motorcycle leans into the curves. What a rush!

Here's the motorcycle as I've done it so far--leather gas tank "bib" (it will get a pocket for my cell phone), leather seat  with fringe and studs, and leather on the rear fender. I also did the tassel fringe on the clutch and brake levers, and the braids on the saddlebags.

In the second image you can see there's even some fringe on the rear direction signals. Recycled leather couch! The bike has a name, "Ms. Glass". Long story about that...



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