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A Peek at Paintings, Saint Michael Mark and Pink Nude

Painting More Rust in My Surroundings (slideshow)

“Did I mention UFOs?” Goldfield Journal #2

Today, we’re ordering paint. 

MichaelMark has a white van. It’s a conversion van. It’s one of many cars he’s got to drive. This one has a living room in the back. We’re driving down to the library pretty soon because his computer guy is not coming tonight.

It seems he’s got a guy living in one of the far trailers, up by the car forest and he knows computers, so he’ll be here to fix the wifi connection. We need to get online, it’s my art. MichaelMark too to an extent. We’ll be getting him more inline so he can be getting things out there. We have alot of information to get from out there; his plans to make this into a camping destination, it will involve some things we’ve gotta’ find out about.

There’s hot water under us. Hydrothermal power and hot springs are around here.

We’re watching a great science episode about time and space right now. It’s hosted by Morgan Freeman. I’m thinking of doing a giant portrait of him. Gotta look that up from the library parking lot. It’s gravel, by the way.

This place is a destination for artists, this much we know. There are no restrictions here and today we’re talking about burning cars. We’ll be making a chimney car. Campers can put fires to work to warm them. We have welders and we’re looking to get welders, as in artists, here. Steel work to be done.

All my friends are artists; some of them are time travelers I’m sure.. we’re going to knock your socks off.

International Car Forest of The Last Church.

Joshua trees here. This place is on the edge of the locale where they can grow. We shot amongst them yesterday. In one scene I was peeing on one while my crime partner meets me. I would not shake his hand. These trees are bizarre lifeforms. I’m becoming very fond of them. Pictures to come.

I’m looking at landscape photos to start painting on cars. I’ll need to order that paint today. Oil based, clear coat too. I need orange, lots of white, black, 2 blues, 2 reds, green, purples would be great. Yellows. As much metallic paints as possible, it could all be metallic, as far as I’m concerned. Pure saturated color and lots of clear. Layers. These things are going to glow and we’ll get good solar lights to light them up at night, water near these cars will be a good idea. Wash them once in awhile, cool the visitors while there, grow some foliage in this valley of cars. i want to see a windmill car. There’s a windchime car in the works.

The car forrest is young and lots of growth will be growing this place, we’re working on a kind of Eden out here.. the end of an age, car culture, the oil era is dying right now. This monument is in honor of this moment/spot in spacetime.

300,000 vehicles drive through here each year.

What other ideas for paintjobs? We’ll see. I want to do a joshua tree car. We’ll have a furry one I bet. A wood car, I think, is a good idea. I can’t wait to paint the box truck that holds up the mopar limo. It’ll be my masterpiece. That and the buses. Those buses will stand out of the ground 25 feet tall.

This is day 2 in Goldfield. I’m thinking of what to do in this moment to make coming months easiest and most rewarding. It’s always nice to bring fresh blood in and that’s what is happening at the Last Church right now. Goldfield will NOT be the same from now on.

I’m going to put on some headphones and probably listen to Pixies right now. Don’t drink the water here; there’s a mural on the side of a bar in town that says that.

I’ll be doing some cosmic cars and UFOs i do believe. The Dada car on the hill will be changing. I’m thinking it will need to say The Last Church. Not sure of the image.

I see right now this journal will serve as my spot to think of car painting ideas. It’ll be nice to have this project documented as it goes. I might as well stop calling it a project. I could be involved with this the rest of my life.

The place of art is mostly to bridge ideas from spirituality and so-called science; just ideas made material. That’s all art is. To make art, a connection with other humans is needed. It’s the connection that we’re doing that bridges, not just ideas, but minds. We become more ant like the more that we share. Please share anything I share with you here. I’d appreciate that.

MichaelMark & I are talking and devising what kinds of paints and finishes we’re looking to achieve here. There are sands that reflect light because they’re tiny beads of glass. You can see these glass sands on the city streets. It’s what makes street paint reflective. It’s literally a surface sprayed across surfaces made of glass. Light particles/waves are stretched and bent to magnify light emanating from our ‘forest’.

Did I mention UFOs? We’ll be doing different kinds of lights for sure.

“Yes, The Bus is Standing Up on End” Goldfield Journal #11

There’s a great radio station here in Goldfield. I realize that’s hard to believe it, but they’ll play all these songs I’ve never heard, such as this 80’s funk song sayin’ “Get funky!” I realize this doesn’t narrow it down much but it’s kinda funny. There’s this primitive rapping in it and ‘kangg-kownnngg, waahhh wahhh’ kinda sounds.

Most of this stuff I never hear on the radio. They don’t have to make money on the songs anymore so they’re not played. Banjo, Willie, Patsy and Johnny Cash, but then a lot of really funky choices are thrown up against Bob Marley or Dylan. The only commercials are these really stupid impersonations of Nixon begging for donations to the station so they can replace their ’62 Dell computer.

Did you ever see Vanishing Point? It was made in the very early 70’s and featured a radio DJ that broadcast from the Goldfield Hotel. The hotel has not changed one bit and I don’t think the rest of the town has either. It’s a car movie and touted as having some of the best chase scenes in the history of cinema. It’s a classic, watch it some time.

It’s nice sitting here right now. I’m at the car forest. I came to visit some cars and see where I wanna’ go with them. I was able to the cars and kick some dirt off their windshields & pick up scraps a bit. I even got to spray a bit of color. I have some great metallic and basically every color I could want. We’ve got these little mirror pieces to apply to some cars, so I was planning that out a bit too. It won’t be all painting on these cars. I hope to get some great welders here to build shade off of these things too; maybe make a few of them into steel trees, with leaves. I imagine the people camping here in the future under the cars.

Yes, the bus is standing up on end above us on the hill. You can see this thing from EVERYWHERE in town. I know because we drove across town today and I could see it at all times, up on a ridge. The bus is much higher than the tallest building in town. This sleepy village gives me delight; 198 people with mostly run down homes. There’s not much point in keeping things presentable, but they must wonder what the hell Michael Mark’s up to. He likes to allude to people here being scared of him, or at least not sure of his motivations. He considers himself a bit of an outcast. We’ll show them.

Mark is currently running the backhoe and is about to bury aPlymouthstation wagon, bluish white. It’s kinda’ nice lookin’ with its 4 headlights that are round. Body looks pretty good on it. It will be a beautiful canvas for someone. It was my choice where to stand this one up and I suggested we put it on a hill coming into the gully that is the most concentrated area of car forest. This car can also be seen from all over town.

K-Pow is looking great. I got up here in the Suburban just before sunset and at that time it was sprinkling a little bit. It gave the painting a real nice look with water beading up on it. I started with that car when I got to Goldfield a couple weeks ago, and as I predicted, it’s gotten the most attention from me so far. The explosion was painted pretty well, I’d say. The yellows to reds contrast nicely with some purple, blues and black. I used a brush just a little bit to set it off more sharply.

At this point I’ve got around 6 cars I’m making art on so I’m trying to stick to them and not expand my territory. It’s been a very popular invitation to ask my friends if they’d like to have a car to paint. In the dust & sun or snow  wind, at least they’ll have a good station to listen to.

“Yes, The Bus is Standing Up on End” Goldfield Journal #11

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