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Original Creation

‘Old Fashioned Ford: Tin Lizzie’

DaveJ 16 Apr 2024

‘Old Fashioned Ford: Tin Lizzie’ Is a approx 5x3” miniature on 100% cotton 300gsm AS wc paper. Approx 250,000 Model T Fords (Tourers) were sold in Australia and used extensively in all outback areas and were quickly dubbed the ‘Squatter’s Joy’, because they could be driven almost anywhere; significantly contributing to opening up the country with many pioneering expeditions) and improving the life of early outback settlers. This specimen is located in a paddock north of Broken Hill NSW) near the SA border; with photo credit to a friend. They are known affectionately as ‘Tin Lizzie’s’ and have been celebrated in song, legend and folklore. It is likely that they were the inspiration for the song ‘There’s an old fashioned Ford made of rubber, tin and board along the road to Gundagai’ - with this funny song being included in many Scout campfire song-books. (I’ll leave you to google the lyrics and tune.) Enjoy.

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Super as always ,Dave. Top work 👍🏼🇩🇪

Thanks Dirk, as always much appreciated, cheers

Very cool Dave and great information!

Thanks Brian, much appreciated, cheers

It must have been crazy to put all these details into such a small size painting? For ma A5 was taking twice A4. I cannot imagine how long this one took.

Great color combinations Dave!

Thank you for your lovely compliments Sunnylady, much appreciated. In reality, this 1 only took about half a day or so from start to finish. I find doing these small ones as an ink line and wash makes it a lot easier. Cheers

Oh wow! I did not expect to hear about 30 min only. That really means you are nailing watercolors !


An interesting painting, and what a great name for it, it suits the vehicle.

Great painting, excellent job

Not quite that good yet Sunnylady, about half a day if I take out all the 'thinking & other' non-productive time; especially for these smaller simpler paintings. Cheers

Thank you Elsie, much appreciated, cheers

Thank you TLP. There were some early epic journeys through pretty rugged country tracks eg 5600km Gulf of Carpentaria (North Qld) to Port Phillip Bay (southern Victoria) in 1913 and Brisbane to Darwin (1919).

Thank you Cold, much appreciated, cheers

Great job!

Thanks Bob, much appreciated, cheers

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