Friday, June 26, 2009

First Car Show of the Summer

Michael's work will be on display by us and our dealers at a number of classic car shows and meets this summer, including  All-Chrysler Carlisle, the Pontiac & GTO Nationals, Mopar Nationals, Moparfest, Ford, Mustang and GM shows, as well as the Truck show in Las Vegas! But this weekend, our first trip to the car show field is just for fun.

June just blew past us, summer's here and the kids are out of school! Michael's latest creation, "Feeding Frenzy" is almost complete, so July will busy with the new release of this stunning Cuda piece. So we thought now would be the best time to take off for the weekend. And you've probably figured out by now, that we're kinda gear heads, or at least really, really into cars! In true car guy fashion, we're off to a car show for the weekend ... GM Carlisle, none-the-less!  It's our first time, and we can't wait to check out the Chevelles, Camaros, Novas and more! It'll be like stepping into a scene like the one in "Always Room For One More" (above).

I'm really looking forward to spending time with the kids, just relaxing ... okay, maybe "relaxing" is the wrong word ... we will, after all, be walking all day, searching for parts for the Firebird, looking to cool off or dry off (depending on the Pennsylvania weather), shopping for Hotwheels for our son, or looking for any girlie stuff for our daughter. But we'll be away. At a car show. Outdoors. And together. It just does't get any better.

Here's to a safe and happy summer and to lots of trips to the show. - Linda

Monday, June 15, 2009

Mustang and All Ford Weekend

For all you Ford lover's in the Jeffersonville, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky area, there's a show scheduled just before Father's Day. The "Mustang and All Ford Weekend," sponsored by the Falls City Mustang Club, will be held on Saturday, June 20th. Attending a car show is a great way to spend part of your Father's Day weekend. And you never know what Dad's Day goodies you may come across!
Show details:
8 A.M. on Saturday June 20th
Located at Quartermaster Station, Hwy. 62 (E. 10th St.), Jeffersonville, IN. Exit #1 off I -65 just across the bridge from Louisville, KY.
There is also a Pony Trail to Salem Speedway on Friday for show participants. Contact info: Steve Merritt 812-944-5271.
Stop by and check out the expected 200 or so cars, and say hi to Jim. He'll have a few of Michael's Mustang prints framed (available for purchase) on display as well as will be accepting orders for, amongst other things, Michael's much anticipated, "Marauders of Woodward" print, due to be released later this year.

Jim is authorized to accept orders for the EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE OFFER of "Marauders of Woodward", which expires June 30th, 2009. This is a unique opportunity to prepurchase a limited piece of artwork, at an incredible price. As an added bonus, all Limited Edition Prints, Artist Proofs and Gallery Edition Canvases ordered before the June 30th deadline will be co-signed by Steve Babcock (Production Manager of the Maruauder) and will be accompanied by a reproduction of Michael's original sketch. This is a historic, first time ever, exclusive opportunity!

Jim will also be showing a Gallery Edition Canvas of the sold out print, "Kings of the Road." At twice the size of the original painting, it's really cool!

If you haven't had the opportunity to see Michael's work up close and personal, you are in for a treat ... his use of high impact color and incredible attention to detail is second to none. And can only truly be appreciated when you see his art in person.

Whatever you choose to do this upcoming weekend, have fun doing it! Happy Father's Day. - Linda & Michael

Friday, June 12, 2009

Father's Day - Sweeet & Sugar Free Dessert!

We were at the Fleetwood Country Cruizin (a sweeeet car show with over 3000 cars, including 1500 Ford Mustangs, a real 1970 orange Plymouth Superbird, countless Oldsmobiles, Chevys, Pontiacs, Mopars, race cars, motorbikes, firetrucks, Amphicars, you name it) in London, Ontario on June 5th, and a new client was purchasing Michael's GTO painting, "The Goat Farmer" (shown above), for his dad for Father's Day. Good thing too, because I had forgotten Father's Day is just around the corner! Although I talk a lot about Michael's automotive art, muscle cars and the car shows and events we attend, I thought this time I'd share a recipe instead.

My father is a diabetic, has been for over 25 years. And for the most part, until recently, has managed the whole time with diet alone. Events like Christmas, birthdays and Father's Day, have become a personal challenge for me .... to create an amazing dessert, using no sugar. Like many people afflicted with Diabetes, my father has a huge sweet tooth. Managing the disease without drugs, he has all but removed sugar from his diet, so my desserts are a real treat.

It's taken me a while, but I've managed to fine tune a couple of desserts that, by my dad's tough standards, are real winners ... and are completely sugar, glucose, fructose, etc. free! Here's one of my latest creations (by the way, this one even received the stamp of approval by my brother, a Chef of 20 years!):

1 - 1/4 cups sifted flour
1/2 cup Splenda granulated
1 - 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs, beaten for 2-3 minutes on high
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 1 loaf pan (I use a pyrex one).
  2. Combine flour, Spenda, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture with a fork or a pastry blender until crumbly. (This procedure may be done with a mixer at the lowest speed).
  3. Stir together eggs, milk and vanilla in a small mixing bowl; add 1/3 of the egg mixture to flour mixture. Beat at low speed of an electric mixer until blended. Beat at medium speed for 30 seconds or until batter is smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of the bowl. Repeat procedure 2 times. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, cut into 12 equal slices. If cake happens to "fall" or "compress", don't worry, it still works very well in the dessert.
2 lbs fresh strawberries
1/4 cup Splenda granulated
6 tblsp balsamic vinegar
  1. Slice strawberries.
  2. Toss with Splenda and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours (a bit longer is better - makes more "syrup").
2 cups whipping cream
2 tblsp Spenda
  1. Stir Splenda into whipping cream, whip until stiff.
  2. Place 2 slices of cake, side by side, in 6 individual serving dishes.
  3. Top with strawberries, distributing evenly.
  4. Top each with generous dolop of whip cream.
  5. Serve it up ... guilt free!!
Whether you treat your father to gifts like automotive fine art, a trip to a car show, a nice meal, or just some quiet time (without being pestered to do yard work), we hope that both you and dad enjoy it. I know Michael will. Dessert aside, I overheard him talking to our son about working on one of our cars - the 1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula (it's the gold one on the right, behind the cactus)! Have a Happy Father's Day. - Linda

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cool Mustang Police Chase

We receive emails daily from our clients, that include photos of their cars (of course - everyone hopes to see their car appear in one of Michael's automotive fine art paintings!), photos of car shows and other automotive events, family album stuff, and then, just cool things that they, themselves, have come across.

The video below is just that. And trust me, even if you're not a fan of Ford's Shelby Mustang, you'll have to admit that this ad for one of America's top modern muscle cars is just really, really cool! And face it, we all like cool stuff!

"Ask anybody over 50 this question, "What's the coolest thing you've ever owned?" Without missing a beat, most people will mention a favorite car or truck. It's been this way for generations. Cars are cool. Americans love them, what they stand for, their technology, and the freedom they provide."- by Rex Roy | AOL Autos

I don't usually forward emails, or share the jokes, etc that we receive. But this was just too neat to pass up on passing on. And although there are muscle cars used in almost every type of tv ad these days, including most recently Cialis and Nivea, this ad is all about the car, for the car lover! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. - Linda