Documenting life during the first attempt at restoring a vintage motorcycle.

Similar to the zen -like feeling that is realized through surfing,
motorcycle repair can elevate the mind to a meditative state that eludes time and space...
Meaning I obsess over it, get frustrated, yell, laugh at myself and overall waste a lot of time.


Renoir digs it

From the time I was just a little grom, I was raised to appreciate art, especially the impressionist masters (Mom's favorite). As it so happens my better half dove deep in the art industry for the past year or so, working for a prestigious gallery in Beverly Hills and befriending several talented and impressive types from around the world. One of the artists happens to be the great grandson of the master painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (pictured below). After checking out this blog he so graciously sketched a beautiful classic motorcycle for me. So I guess I am officially a fine art collector now. For Alexandre Renoir talent is in his blood, instinctive brushstrokes in his DNA and he possesses an eye for that classic impressionist vision his great grandfather had. Not only is he talented, he is humble, friendly and down to earth. Check out his response in a recent interview, when asked whether it has helped or hurt to have an such a instantly recognizable last name...
"It has done both. The name will quickly open doors for you, but if you don't live up to expectations, the door will close even harder. I'm here to do my art. There will be people who don't like what I do, but I'm not here to impress or influence anyone. I love the art and the tranquility that comes over me. If you like it, it warms my heart. If you don't, OK. I don't want to live to be a descendant. I know people who are professional descendants." - A.R.

[When one looks at a painting by Alexandre Renoir one will see a glimpse at the “Impressionist” movement as characterized by an artist’s ability to render a fleeting moment in time, creating candid compositions, and capturing an “impression” of the ever changing effects of light and atmospheric compositions. Viewers can detect Alexandre’s great-grandfather’s artistic essence and techniques in the works he is creating today, which are augmented with his own original flair. - Galerie Michael ]

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