Our Daily Sykes #306 – Marshall's Hobby Oil Set

Syke's original slide of this subject was underexposed. A scan of it pumped with Photoshop steroids has it looking like a black and white soft focus photograph hand colored with Marshall Oil paints - the kind we purchased legally over the counter in art stores without written notes from either our parents or teachers. I never had the knack for it neither did I compensate by learning the hang of it all. Especially the trees in the foreground look painted. The mountains seem asleep in dreams of mountains. There may be snow there but it has all gone light blue squeezed from a Marshall tube, or so it seems. The colors and the subject also remind me of the paper place mats given in the 1950s to those who filled their tanks at Chevron service stations. My dad - and many others - collected them.

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