When Scott Wade's car gets really filthy, he doesn't clean it. Instead he transforms it into a canvas to create a beautiful masterpiece.
Wade, a graphic designer from Wimberley, Texas, has created an impressive collection of art pieces in the grime of car windows from the Mona Lisa to a portrait of Albert Einstein, and his talent doesn't go unnoticed.
"Almost everywhere we go, my wife and I get people gathering around our cars to take pictures and ask questions," he said. "My wife once stopped at a red light and the people in the car behind her jumped out to take pictures with their camera phones."
"A guy even blocked me in as I was leaving a car part - he apologized, but asked me to stay there while his daughter went back to the shop to buy a disposable camera."
Wade can spend up to four hours drawing in his dirt, and admitted the rain could destroy his masterpiece.
"It's surprising to some that the wind and turbulence caused by driving down the road really doesn't affect the drawings much. But a good downpour does," he said. "Sometimes I feel a little twang of regret when the drawing is washed away, but it's also really great, because that means I get to do another one."
"If it doesn't rain the drawings can last for a month or so but they will slowly degrade during that time," Wade added. "The impermanence of this art form is one of the things I really love about it. For one thing, it helps me to not take it too seriously and to really have fun with it."
Wade doesn't wait for his car to get dirty enough to draw on, and usually has to apply the dirt himself. He rubs oil onto the window and uses bags of Fuller's earth - the type used on film sets - and uses a hair dryer to blow it all on.
This quirky fascination of Wade's started as simple doodles in the dust on the rear windows of cars.
"I lived on a long, dirt road for over 20 years. Our cars were always dirty and i would often doodle in the dust on the rear windows of our cars," Wade said. "Mostly I would draw funny faces, then I started experimenting with ways to get shading."
"At first I would use the pads of my fingers and brush very lightly to get grey tones," he explained. "Once I tried using the chewed-up end of a popsicle stick as a brush - I liked the effect, so I started trying paintbrushes, and eventually developed the techniques I use today."
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