Back Alley Bicycle

As you know if you have been following me here, I have been working on a series of paintings of the back alley buildings and whatever else I find in the historic town of Guthrie, Oklahoma. When I saw this bike leaning against a railing it sure caught my attention.

Here’s my sketch…

Here’s the painting…

Back Alley Bicycle oil on panel 8″ x 10″

The geometrics is what really inspired me, plus the black railing against the Terracotta color of the wall. Terracotta means “baked earth” and this color is rich in Guthrie in all the bricks used on the historic buildings. You can even see it on one of the old buildings as you peek around the corner on the right side of this wall.

What really intrigued me too was that this bicycle looked as if it was used every day, but the plant growing out of the crack in the pavement actually had wound itself in the spokes of the wheel.

I hope you enjoy inspecting the elements of this painting.

I have been sick for quite a while with this long drawn out virus. My motivation has been extremely impeded, but I hope to be getting better and getting some more work done on this series.

I’m excited about the Trucker’s Freedom Convoy and I hope it will spark a fire that will bring an end to unjust tyranny around the world! Wouldn’t that be incredible!

Praying that God will be with them all… and you all…


10 thoughts on “Back Alley Bicycle

  1. I love the Back Alley Bicycle oil for all the reasons you mentioned, the contrast of colours and the angles of the metal railings. Sorry to hear you are suffering from a virus is that Long Covid?


    1. Thanks, Kevin. Glad you see what I see. 🙂 Long covid??? I haven’t heard of that term. I’m in my third week, just feeling a bit off, fatigued…unmotivated… but getting better, for sure.


  2. Love this post, Mom. So excited about your Back Alley Series…and the beauty you’re bringing out in Guthrie!!! I love to see the preliminary sketch with the finished piece! And I love you!!!


  3. This is so lovley. Just sitting here looking. LOL. Sending prayers for your healing. And prayers for the safety of the convoy.
    It’s called long haul Covid. I have a friend who has had it for about a year and half. Mild enough that she did not need the hospital, but debilitating just the same. Her symptoms are much like my Lupus symptoms. I pray that is NOT what you have. I’m glad to hear you are feeling better Karin. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Sheila. So sorry for your friend and for you and your lupus symptoms. Prayers for you both. ❤ I'm feeling pretty well now. Kinda' overdid it in my garden yesterday… it just triggers a muscle spasm in my shoulder that takes days to heal. Just life at this stage, I guess. Thank you for the prayers. It's a good reminder of what Paul said "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." But it's not easy… ❤

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  4. Hoping your motivation and energy just keep returning! 💜
    Such an interesting series! Love it! Love how you can see past some of the “ick” and find the paint worthy! =☺️=


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