All photos courtesy of Scott Wade
Eschewing regular car washing is more than a small, environmentally friendly act — it's also an artistic opportunity! As dirt accumulates on the windshield, it's hard to resist sliding a finger along the glass and doodling a smiley face.
San Antonio-based artist Scott Wade takes this simple pleasure to the next level with his exquisite collection of dusty windshield paintings.
Having lived along a long, dirt road in Central Texas for more than 20 years, it was only natural for Wade to develop this artistic affinity, though he has only pursued it as a serious art form since 2003.
Over the years, Wade has come up with ways to streamline and enhance his process, which he details in the video below:
The subject matter of his pieces usually gravitate towards celebrity portraits, landscapes, pop culture icons and reproductions of old masterpieces (like his take on Grant Wood's "American Gothic" painting, below). He's been commissioned for commercial advertisements and special event installations.
"It helps me to not take it too seriously and to really have fun with it," Wade explains, "but most important, it reminds me that all of life is impermanent, that we won’t be here all that long, and to really enjoy the wonder and beauty while we’re here."
Continue below to see more of Scott Wade's work, and be sure to check out his website, DirtyCarArt.com!
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