Random Paint-In related post

by Yule Heibel on July 17, 2010

Today was the Moss Street Paint-In (oh, I forgot: it has a corporate identity: The Toronto Dominion Paint In…). As usual, the organizers managed to arrange some deal with the weather gods and it was sunny – except for a very surreal influx of menacingly dense fog, which descended out of nowhere and just as mysteriously disappeared.

The Paint-In attracts people – lots of people. It’s kind of difficult to winnow out the few good artists in the generous display of so-so talent – and because my appetite for getting bite-back is diminished, I’ll refrain from further comment on the overall quality of the event.

Suffice it to say, the crowds are “it” on this occasion.



There was this incident of fog, which had its strange way across the municipalities bordering the ocean. When I took my dog out later in the afternoon to Cattle Point in the Uplands, the fog obliterated distinctions between shore and sea. Compared to populated Moss Street, Cattle Point was an alien landscape:


As it happened, a chap parked a car that sort of summed it all up for me today:


Polka-dotted camouflage – how appropriate… But weirdness aside, I’d like access to a car like this in the event of a mega-quake: it has an axe attached to the passenger door (recommended as an earthquake kit necessity) and in general, its appearance suggests it could survive anything you throw at it.


Drive on, Jeeves…

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

robert randall July 18, 2010 at 12:46 am

What an odd car. It lacks a rear window, like the original 1930’s VWs. Is that a German word on the back end? Ab____ 10M?

Yule July 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Yeah, it says “Abstand 10 m.” – to mean “keep a distance [or separation between you and the vehicle] of 10 m.” Not sure why, it’s typically something you’d see on a vehicle that’s transporting dangerous/ volatile/ flammable substances.

Or nuclear devices (at 30 second mark)…
I should add, Rob, that your work constituted part of the (minority) percentage of good art at the Paint-In. There were others, but I don’t have a map in front of me and can’t recall all the names. GroundZero Printmakers was excellent, and Deryk Houston, too, and a bunch of others (Heather Keenan, eg.). But wow, there’s a lot of Sunday painting going on in that walk, too. I guess that’s ok, but as Deryk also said (in conversation yesterday), it would be nice to see it brought up a notch or two.

Jane July 19, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Great photo’s.

As a previous owner of two “Beetles”, there is nothing like them, before or after for that matter.

My favourite vehicles without a doubt!

Too bad the owner of said vehicle wasn’t there.

Yule July 20, 2010 at 10:57 am

Yeah, they’re great cars – although I enjoy the older models more as something to look at, not to ride in! The owner, incidentally, arrived while we were there (younger guy in a yellow t-shirt), but he disappeared quickly in a big group of boaters getting ready to set out.

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