Home > bicycling > The Old Shop Bike

The Old Shop Bike

February 27th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

The company where I work is so big that there are fleets of bicycles for employees to get around on. Sadly, in many parts of the company, most of the bikes have been replaced with motor vehicles; but in nooks and crannies and in storage yards bikes can be found in various stages of returning to the elements. This bike, although it is rusty all over, continues to be a beautiful thing. Sitting like a jewel surrounded by all sorts of other industrial doodads, this bike still makes me want to hop on and go for a ride.

This original watercolor painting is SOLD.

Categories: bicycling Tags:
  1. March 16th, 2012 at 16:38 | #1

    I love all it’s colors. So well done. Bravo! Happy FPP

  2. March 6th, 2012 at 11:18 | #2

    Wonderful art. Love this painting.

  3. March 5th, 2012 at 08:37 | #3

    The old fashioned bikes are a blast to ride . Just yesterday I saw an old fellow riding one in early March…still tons of snow in the fields but none on the roads; he seemed to be enjoying the ride with his happy smiling frosty red face and icy beard : )
    A perfect exercise for enjoying the outdoors…..I rather prefer that way than to a gym….my preference : )

    Lovely vibrant water color….makes me want to go for a ride.

  4. March 4th, 2012 at 15:05 | #4

    This work is absolutely beautiful!!! Happy painting…
    PPF Renee

  5. March 4th, 2012 at 09:50 | #5

    Absolutely charming watercolor! Congratulations on the sell! <3

  6. March 4th, 2012 at 06:20 | #6

    I agree this old bike is beautiful. Congrats on the sale–I personally find bikes hard to paint, though this piece makes me want to keep trying.

    • admin
      March 4th, 2012 at 08:02 | #7

      thanks, Sabina, I too find bikes extremely hard to paint. I already painted this one once and almost gave up!

  7. March 3rd, 2012 at 07:41 | #8

    congrats on your sale! i just adore that pop of the turquoise fender….great painting! happy PPF!

  8. March 3rd, 2012 at 05:37 | #9

    That is a lovely painting of the bike, I like how you captured it’s rusty colour but still green in places

  9. March 3rd, 2012 at 00:08 | #10

    Very cheerful, congrats of the sale

  10. March 3rd, 2012 at 00:00 | #11

    Love the summery color … fun and wonderful!

  11. March 2nd, 2012 at 17:44 | #12

    I am in love with this painting and everything it says to me. Thank you for this. Blessings, Janet PPF

  12. March 2nd, 2012 at 17:12 | #13

    oh, I adore bicycle paintings! fab!

  13. Carol Samsel
    March 2nd, 2012 at 16:34 | #14

    Fantastic piece! I love that bike :0)

  14. March 2nd, 2012 at 16:28 | #15

    Gorgeous! Makes me want to go out and sketch and paint!
    Thanks for sharing,

  15. March 2nd, 2012 at 15:47 | #16

    Wonderful painting and I love the idea of hop on, hop off bicycles available for staff. Congratulations on making that sale!! So glad PPF is helping you, Mimi, and that your husband is improving.

  16. March 2nd, 2012 at 13:20 | #17

    That is a fabulous painting! Love it!!

  17. March 2nd, 2012 at 12:18 | #18

    I remember working once for a company where they had bicycles too to get around the warehouse. Wonder if they’re still around or if they’ve been replaced too. You captured this old bicycle beautifully! Happy PPF!

  18. March 2nd, 2012 at 11:21 | #19

    Gorgeous painting Mimi, such fabulous drawing and colours. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

  19. March 2nd, 2012 at 10:18 | #20

    Wow! I really adore this. The colors are amazing.

  20. March 2nd, 2012 at 10:05 | #21

    bicycles always create such a wonderful nostalgic feel and your painting captures that beautifully.

  21. March 2nd, 2012 at 09:44 | #22

    I LOVE your painting! Your style captures the mood and not just the object. VERY nice. I’ll be back. Happy PPF! xoxo

  22. March 2nd, 2012 at 09:43 | #23

    My favorite painting of yours so far!
    You really do capture the jewel-like quality of this bicycle. 🙂
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  23. March 2nd, 2012 at 07:43 | #24

    how lovely. I would want to ride this happy bike too !

  24. March 2nd, 2012 at 07:11 | #25

    Mimi ~ this is excellent ~ so well done ~ love it ~namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor) Happy PPF ^_^ ~

  25. March 2nd, 2012 at 06:40 | #26

    I’ve never worked in a place where people used bikes to get around. What an interesting snapshot in time you’ve created. I love the vintage feel of this painting. Very nice!

  26. March 2nd, 2012 at 05:46 | #27

    Fabulous painting! I don’t think I’d be able to resist grabbing one of those bikes and taking off on my lunch hour. For that hour you could be twelve years old again!

  27. March 2nd, 2012 at 05:25 | #28

    Know that from Mercedes Benz and Bosch around here. Some use bicycles and some scooters. What a beautiful painting.

  28. March 2nd, 2012 at 04:42 | #29

    This is a lovely painting. That bike is just asking to be taken out for a ride.

  29. March 2nd, 2012 at 03:54 | #30

    You have captured the bike so fabulously! The magic of what drew you to it is so evident in your painting.

  30. March 1st, 2012 at 23:29 | #31

    Fabulous colors and emotion in this piece. Love it! Happy Paint Party Friday! #20 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

  31. March 1st, 2012 at 23:00 | #32

    Great painting! Makes me wish summer was here! Happy PPF! 🙂

  32. March 1st, 2012 at 22:43 | #33

    Beautiful Watercolor!

  33. March 1st, 2012 at 22:43 | #34

    Oh my, your painting makes me want to jump on it and ride away. Just lovely!

  34. March 1st, 2012 at 22:24 | #35

    Mimi, I love your bike. I’d love to be riding it right now. Very nice work. Happy PPF!

  35. March 1st, 2012 at 22:17 | #36

    what a lovely painting and nice that you have managed to record one of them before they are all replaced and disappear… have a great week…xx

  36. March 1st, 2012 at 00:31 | #37

    You probably already have at least one previous comment from me in your spam file, but I thought I’d try again after making some adjustments on my computer.


  37. February 29th, 2012 at 17:56 | #38

    Oh, I’d love this bike…if I were a rider! The colors make me want to feel the breeze on my face with hair blown back as I zip around the neighborhood. I used to ride from Alfalfa to Redmond once a week (25 miles!) to report in at the Employment Office. I’d put the kids on the bus at 8:45, take off, ride to town, report, eat my lunch in the park, ride home, and be there in time for the kids to get off the bus at 3:15. Whew! I had a little Pugeot road bike, and we flew!

  38. February 29th, 2012 at 11:07 | #39

    Wonderful, love the fenders and the basket.

  39. February 29th, 2012 at 10:41 | #40

    Love the painting–very nice. I haven’t ridden a bicycle in years, but it might be something to think about with gas the way it is. Leaving the comment to see if it reaches you.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    Blogging from A to Z

  40. esmeralda
    February 29th, 2012 at 07:54 | #41

    This is the bike I would ride — if I were a bicyclist! Love the color combination and look — there is a sense of it just waiting to be set in motion!

  41. February 28th, 2012 at 16:26 | #42

    What a delight, Mimi. I’m so glad you stopped at my site and left your link. This is very impressive work. I’m already picking out mats for a couple of paintings…unfortunately my gallery is almost entirely in the house of my dreams…one day, it may be reality.
    Still, that black footed cat….
    Anyway, I’m looking forward to doing the A-Z wit ya…


  42. February 28th, 2012 at 12:40 | #43

    How I would love to find a bike like that one. But, I don’t want to break any bones, so it would have to be a 3 wheeler with a basket on the back.

  43. Kittie Howard
    February 28th, 2012 at 07:25 | #44

    Beautiful! You definitely captured the spirit and the feeling of feeling the breeze at one’s face. Although any time one ride’s a bike is a treasure, I wish bikes were more than a weekend treat here.

  44. February 28th, 2012 at 03:43 | #45

    This is lovely Mimi.

    I always expect to see more bikes from you Mimi as you are bike mad. I would love to have a bike like that, but totally impractical considering our crazy roads & high, high summer temps.

    • March 2nd, 2012 at 20:04 | #46

      what a beautiful painting, I love the soft colors of this, beautiful!

  45. February 28th, 2012 at 01:00 | #47

    Hi there… nice to meet you & thanks for the comment you left on my blog.
    Your paintings are beautiful. You have a highly specialised talent. Contrary to your statement on my blog, I think your 26 paintings WILL definitely be unique.
    Look at it this way, with a little inspiration, anybody can write words on a page, but NOT everybody can paint! Case closed! 🙂

  1. No trackbacks yet.