#13. Mike's Kia Sedona

May 2010

Here's where technology became my friend: I never could have done that labyrinth without the help of a sign-making friend, Gordy Saunders, and his vinyl plotter. The above is a detail on the hood. Note (if you can, in this horrible photo of mine!) the sharp shadow on the bird at the left. The bird is rounded but her shadow is knife-like. That's in keeping with the idea that the Tree of Life is ultimately the Tree of Death, too, since you can't have one without the other.

This was the first car painted at my new house – in privacy, that is. What a thrill!

#12. Anne's 1998 Volvo S-70, Sven

October 2009

Anne wanted this silver Volvo painted in the style of Gustav Klimt. Thank god she lent me her book on him. I was only vaguely familiar with The Kiss, possibly his most well-known piece. I know him a lot better now, and in fact have painted many other things in his gorgeous gold-and-copper motif.

This car is best seen close up and in the flesh, so ... unless you live in Gulfport, you lose. Sorry.