Sunday, December 26, 2010

Glass Globe Gas Pump

Here is a little history on the gas pump.
The first gasoline pump was invented and sold by Sylvanus F. Bowser in Fort Wayne Indiana on September 5, 1885. This pump was not used for automobiles, as they had not been invented yet. It was instead used for some kerosene lamps and stoves. He later improved upon the pump by adding safety measures, and also by adding a hose to directly dispense fuel into the automobiles. Many early pumps had a calibrated glass cylinder on top. The desired quantity of fuel was pumped into the cylinder as indicated by the calibration. Then the pumping was stopped and the gasoline was let out into the customers tank by gravity. When meter pumps came into use, a small glass globe with a turbine inside replaced the measuring cylinder but assured the customer that gasoline really was flowing into the tank.
6x8 oil on panel

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Draft Horse

I love Draft horses! They are spectacular beasts and crowd pleasers wherever they go. Drafts and draft crosses can make the perfect trail horse, carriage horse, or show horse. Their willingness to work and quiet pleasant disposition come out in every cross breeding. No one can deny the grace and gentleness of these noble steeds, that were the original warhorse of knights. I tried to capture this in my painting.
6x8 oil on canvas board. sold