Air Travel 2, Coconut Palms is one of a series of fine aerially-inspired colour woodcuts produced in 1949 by Australian artist Dorrit Black, who studied at the Grosvenor School in London, in the 1920s. It sold for AUD38,000 last Thursday.



Vehicles 8

More Long Beach cars, in paintings based on photos from the 1970s. Signs Signs features a Pontiac Tempest with a hard-to-paint bulbous body, and a piece of a Toyota. Patriotic, this one, with a red-white-blue color scheme (except for the Toyota). The Chevy in Wonder Shops was added, but from a photo taken just down the block, and recolored from copper to turquoise to match the Malibu I once had.

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Check out my limited edition print of Used Cars at Tiny Showcase. A portion
of the proceeds goes to a worthy charity.


Things that remain

As a counterpoint to the Gone series, here are a few views that still exist, in defiance of change and progress. The view of Pine and Third in Persistance is substantially the same as it was in 1975 when I took the source photo, though the fashions and cars are long gone. The Million Article Thompson sign incredibly still remains, having survived earthquakes, rebellions and neglect. Liquor stores never go out of business, so the one in Rollin’ Down Pico remains, though changed somewhat. And wheel skates are making a comeback. The Aztec Hotel building in Twilight of Empires still graces Route 66 in Monrovia. Lee’s Market remains on Atlantic Ave. in East LA, safe from gentrification, at least for now. Silvers is another undying liquor store in Long Beach, with fewer windows and no Schlitz, but basically unchanged.

I am always struck by the randomness of what pieces of the past persist, seemingly without logic. They are a solace as we mourn what has been lost to progress.