I have been working on my Batik paintings all summer, and decided it was time to take a creative break.  About three months ago I received a request from artist Ken Marquis to participate in the Landfill Art Project  http://www.landfillart.org/.  He is seeking artists from all fifty states and around the world to paint hubcaps that he has recycled from landfills.  I looked at his gallery of images and thought that I would take on the challenge of painting a hubcap.  I’ve always been a scrounger, recycler( my parents were very strong into the depression mantra of waste-not, want not ).  When I was a kid, my brother and I would go to the annual community trash pick-up day and assemble bicycles cannibalized from the ones that had been dumped, so the idea was really appealing to me.

A few weeks later, I received in the mail a heavy metal Pontiac hubcap to paint.  My guess is that is is circa 1960’s to late 1970’s vintage–The metal was very strong and heavy.  I had to let it sit for a while until an idea spoke to me:  Seeing that was originally named after Indian Chief Pontiac, why not do something with an Indian theme?  I happened to be dusting a favorite curio that I had purchased years ago at the Four Corners State Park in Arizona that showed images of antelope racing across sandstone in the ancient Mimbres pottery style.  I looked at a book of photographs of petrographic paintings, and found images of hunters racing across the stones that I would adapt to my concept.  With these ideas in mind, I began my adventure.

The primed Pontiac hubcap

Stone painted with running antelope in the Mimbres Indian style

Stone painted with running antelope in the Mimbres Indian style