Monday, August 15, 2011

Just Working & Moses Botkin Challenge for August

The August Moses Botkin Challenge was a true Challenge for me this month.  We were asked to paint something inside or outside of our car.  I do have a car but my true affection goes to our work horse F250 Diesel Ford Truck.  This baby has gotten my husband and me to and from our home in Missouri to California several times.  It has also pulled heavy horses, hay and equipment.  Before owning a diesel truck we had an almost very bad situation pulling a horse trailer with two very heavy horses.  We had just picked up our two mares from a wonderful horse farm, Valley Springs Foxtrotters , in Black, MO and were headed home and started up a steep grade and about 3/4 of the way up the hill the truck started to sputter and complain about the load.  At one point we thought we would be headed back down the mountain backwards and who knows at what speed?  It was a scary situation and right then and there we decided we had to have more pulling power and a diesel truck.  We did make it  home okay that day but adventures like that one I did not want to do again.  So this little Ford is a working girl and we love her.  Thinking about our Missouri adventure made for "A Painting Day".  Scroll down and take a look at the other artist entries for August Challenge.

"Just Working" 6x8 inches, oil on canvas 2011 © By Ruth Andre

"Rocket Girl"
7x5 on hard board © 2011
Diana Moses Botkin

5x7 oil on panel ©
Robin Cheers

"Old Mobile"
6x6 oil on board ©
Sharmon Owings

5x5 oil on panel ©
Vicki Ross


Theresa Paden said...

Great job painting your truck! What a scary experience that must have been almost going backwards down the hill! Glad you have a heavy-duty truck now!

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Your truck sounds like Ol' Reliable. You've done her justice with your painting tribute!

Virginia Floyd said...

That would be quite a challenge for me, too! You did a great job on your truck. And I loved reading your story about the truck adventure. Glad it turned out ok!

shirley fachilla said...

I so love your challenge posts (of course, I love all your posts and paintings)!
My sister and her husband who have horses and travel with them certainly would appreciate your story and your truck. They, too, got a heavy-duty model to haul around their favorites.

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Great paintings and I don't know what we'd do without our diesel either. When you have horses, you have to have a big truck. For that matter, if you're on a farm, you pretty much need one.

Marie Theron said...

Excellent paintings, Ruth! And I find it so endearing that you have such a personal relationship with your truck! And looking forward to more horse paintings too!