Car, Ford Galaxie 500, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Today’s #WorldWatercolorGroup prompt is car, and painting this really put me outside my comfort zone.  However, I was pleasantly pleased with the outcome although some car aficionados might disagree, but it was really fun to do.  Thanks to my parents, this was my first official car from back in 1979 – A 1970 Ford Galaxie 500 – with a bench seat, black hardtop, and all the bells and whistles including a AM radio.  I was able to afford gas with my babysitting money and summer job, and eventually I saved enough for an FM converter!  Now that was exciting!

Oh my gosh, again the memories held in this car came rushing back as I was drawing and painting.  I drove it back and forth to school each day, to football games on Friday nights, to haunted houses with my sister, Debbie, and Cindy in the fall, to movies with my best friend Cindy, to shop at Gold Circle, and finally to work when I started cooping in my senior year.  Oh, and gas was around 50 cents a gallon!  If my calculations are correct, the length of the Galaxie measured 3-1/2 feet longer than the Focus my daughter is currently driving, but that is what we were used to.

galaxie-500

I felt so cool with that big boat of a car and an FM converter, allowing me to tune into the local pop station and sing at the top of my lungs.  I don’t know why this month’s prompts are taking me down memory lane so often, but I am glad they are.  What was your first car?

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11 thoughts on “Car, Ford Galaxie 500, #WorldWatercolorGroup

  1. Loved that car! That beautiful green beast got us where we needed to go…movies, haunted houses (scared pee right out of me), out to eat. What fun memories! Love to you and your Galaxie! 😊

  2. Thanks, Debbie! I think the haunted house event was the most memorable and most hilarious! I loved that car too. Thanks for commenting 😘 💖

  3. Hi Carol.  Good work.  First car.  1966 Pontiac LeMans Convertible  (Spoiled child).  1962 1/2 Ford GALAXIE!!! (Large rear seat)    Then 1965 Ford Falcon Futura Convertible—-when I got a hair cut.  Good memories but I can not paint any of them…

  4. You really did a great job on this car that is filled with memories.
    I never had a car in high school or college. Guess that’s why I like to walk. I n ver had a car till I was married and don’t even remember what it was. Lol

  5. This wonderful car should be in a frame and hang on your memory lane wall. Its beautiful! You are making me go down that happy memory too, Carol. I remember my father used to have a Ford escort. Its small but it accommodated the four of us to many road trips. When I was in college I was given a mitsubishi lancer two door and had upgraded it to a newer version of the same car when I was almost graduating. Those are wonderful memories!

  6. Thanks, Teri! I do a fair share of waking nowadays but mostly just because it is good for me :). A car was pretty much a necessity back then because we had no bus service and it was too far to walk to the high school. Plus I worked in my senior year and after classed had to drive 25 minutes away to get there. Happy waking!!

  7. You have me thinking about my memories too. Thank you for posting your car. I drew a sketch of me climbing trees as a girl, and it did not all get on paper, but I am happy to freshen the memories. Have a lovely day.

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