Old Murphy – Spud Drive In Mascot

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”
— Martha Graham

Old Murphy – Spud Drive In Mascot

This is a 6″ x 8″ watercolor  from  Driggs, Idaho.  I was going to try to go to a movie at this cool old drive in, but I ran out of time.  I did stop and get a photo of Old Murphy, but I didn’t try to paint his name on the door of the truck.  There were also eyes on the windshield that I left off.  Artistic license.  🙂

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts,  Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture.

She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Graham was the first dancer ever to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the USA: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the Key to the City of Paris to Japan’s Imperial Order of the Precious Crown. She said, “I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It’s permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable.”


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lindahalcombfineart
    Nov 13, 2011 @ 14:28:51

    What a quirky, fun thing. Love the sense of humor!


  2. Joan T
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 11:02:49

    Cute truck!!! It has lots of old time charm. I love the one of the Tetons below!!! I had to laugh that you, a pilot, have a fear of heights.


    • Beth Parker
      Nov 11, 2011 @ 11:45:53

      Thanks, Joan! There’s something about being in control and having your seat on a solid surface (the seat) that changes the perspective in a plane. Go figure! 😀


  3. lesliepaints
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 10:29:42

    I think I would stop and take a picture of “Old Murphy”, too. Judging from the bright color in your painting, they keep him in pretty good shape, Beth.


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