I was headed out of town early in the morning. Figured I’d fill the tank before I hit the interstate. This is what I found at the station where I planned to gas up. Who knew the place was changing hands/ brands?
Not a gas pump in sight.
Still standing. Near Roanoke, Virginia.
Today the painting arrived. A few months ago, I heard from artist Jon Walker.
He asked if he could paint the Sunoco station photograph he saw on the blog.
I thought it was a cool request and appreciated his asking permission. His intention was to paint it, not to sell it to me.
I liked the look of it, the feel and although it was summer and no paycheck season until we returned to school, the gallery put the red dot on it “sold”. It is a wonderful painting. I am thrilled to have it now.
Thanks Jon and the team in Savannah who helped get it to me. When I called again about being remiss in sending the $ I discovered the painting had migrated to another Savannah gallery- The Atlantic Beacon Gallery (go and like them on Facebook, too) where Jon Walker is the visiting artist for September. If you click the link you can see some of his other paintings.
They were most gracious to pack and ship it. Thank you thank you.
Phone shot of ” Sunoco”on the mantel tonight after I unpacked it
The August show Remixing Banality: Rural Studies by Jon Walker was at the Butcher Gallery.
You can go to the Butcher Gallery Facebook page, and see the painting on the left wall at the show (be sure to click the “like” button while you are there! )
The original photo posted in April 2010 On the Way to Munhall
A photo Jon emailed of the show at The Butcher Gallery in Savannah (not sure who photographed this to give credit)
I was filling up the tank and a stink bug started crawling up the car window. Caught his climb with the iPhone and the reflection of the parked car and building make for an interesting perspective. At least to me. He is definitely a bit soft on the focus but I still liked the composition. Plus he looks about the size of the other car! BIG!
Gas dependent and running on E is no way to start the day en route to school. So I pulled into the Shell station on Baum Boulevard and watched the tank fill up at 3.95 a gallon- feeling a bit glum about the state of things…yup, I should have gotten the much needed gas the afternoon before the early morning rush.
but then I looked up and saw the UTZ snack truck making a delivery to the little convenient store inside and there was a light on inside the truck. The morning sky, the snack truck, the invitation to play the lottery and skip work altogether? The scene cheered me.
Shot it with the old iPhone 4, although I am seriously thinking I need that version 5, if for nothing else the improved camera!!
I imagine this scene has been captured thousands and thousands of times by passersby like myself.
And if you enjoy looking at the Coffee Pot there are plenty more structures to read about here
This Gulf Station has been photographed thousands of times, but I was a tourist in Bedford, PA this past weekend and I joined the throngs and snapped a picture even though there was no blue sky or inhabitants. What I would have liked to photograph is Mr. Dunkle if he is available, have a conversation. Next trip. If you want to see other photos of the same spot check out this site
Not sure of the fate of this structure. I did find a nice photo that someone took a year ago. This is just mine as I waited at the red light, taken with the iPhone.