Nana did a beautiful pencil drawing for me recently. I want to thank her by painting one of her favorite subjects, Ayumi Hamasaki. Ayumi is a popular Japanese singer. She is well known for her cutting-edge fashion sense, but I decided to focus on a simple closeup of her face.
This painting evokes a sense of pensive daydreaming that I find very pleasing. The viewer can bring forth from his or her imagination what she might be thinking. The calming affect this drawing has reminds me of music with a slow tempo, hence she is the "Pensive Adagio".
I wish Nana the very best in her health and in her school exam!
This is the lovely Fan Bing Bing, a big star in China. Deja Vu is my attempt to make my painting more 'painterly', which means less details. It was hard to stop myself from zooming in to paint each pixel.
I tried to use Painter 11, but I eventually went back to Photoshop CS4. I am just more comfortable with Photoshop tools. I'll give Painter another try one of these days.
Set the alarm for 3.00am this morning and drove down to the Royal National Park for sunrise. After a 1 1/2 hour drive the first stop was Garie Beach and the sunrise was nothing special (I will upload some images later), next stop was Wattamolla where I spotted this palm silhouette against the early morning sky. I didn't have much room to move around here without falling into the water or climbing a tree.
What annoyed was all the litter that was around the area. There were half full softdrink cans and bottles of water just thrown around everywhere!!
Still don't have my zing back and didn't venture far off the beaten track this morning.
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One of the final 928's before the line was discontinued in 1995, the later versions managed to iron out many of the faults that had plagued earlier models whilst still maintaining that stylish design and awesome German power.
It's curious to note that at the same time the company was building the Porsche 968, a replacement for the 944 which incorporated the bodyshape of the 944 with the front design of the 928. Porsche's expectations were that the 968 would also see off the 928, but the plucky 928 soldiered on and ended production at the same time as the 3 year old 968.
"The design of the Prowler was said to have been inspired after Chrysler engineers were given free rein to create whatever they wanted in a "hot rod" or "sportster" type vehicle. One of the most striking design features of the Prowler are the open, Indy racer style front wheels.
The Prowler featured a powertrain lifted from Chrysler's LH-cars, a 3.5 L Chrysler SOHC V6 engine 24v producing 214 hp (160 kW; 217 PS) at 5850 rpm. For the 1999 model year the engine was replaced with a more powerful, aluminum block, 253 hp (189 kW; 257 PS) at 6400 rpm version of the engine. Both engines were coupled to a 4-speed Autostick automatic transmission. The transmission was located at the rear of the vehicle and joined to the engine by a flexible driveshaft that rotated at engine speed, an arrangement similar to that used by the C5 Corvette, Porsche 944 and Alfa Romeo 75, and helped to facilitate a desirable 50-50 front-rear weight distribution. The Prowler was the first rear-wheel drive (and last) Plymouth since the 1989 Plymouth Gran Fury. While criticized for featuring a V6 only, Chrysler's High Output 3.5 had a horsepower rating similar to (or higher than) the company's magnum V8s of that era. While not making nearly as much torque as a V8, Prowler's light weight translated into very impressive performance figures, including off-the-line acceleration.
The car prominently featured aluminum in its construction, chiefly in the chassis. In many cases, the components were adhesively bonded. The body was produced in Shadyside, Ohio, and the car was assembled by hand at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant (CAAP) in Detroit, Michigan."
This is the final model of the Plymouth version before it has handed over and re-badged as the Chrysler Prowler. Well, it is certainly an interesting vehicle.