Black History Month Parade From Altadena to Pasadena

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People lined the street of Fair Oaks Avenue. They were there celebrating Black History Month. The celebration featured a parade that traveled down the avenue from Altadena to Pasadena in California.

I pitched my easel to paint en plein air in two locations. The first was the corner of Woodbury Road and Fair Oaks Ave. My second stop, where this painting was completed, was the corner of Washington Blvd. and Fair Oaks Ave.

The low-rider car in this scene is a ’59 Chevy. I recognized it immediately because I used to own one, except mine wasn’t a convertible. My friends called it ‘the boat’ because is was so big.

Parade Painting

I’ve painted on parade routes before, so I knew I would have an opportunity to pass out a bunch of Talent Search tracts, which I did. However, it is not the best environment to strike up a conversation about spiritual matters. That’s because people’s attentions are usually focussed on the parade floats, bands and other activities on display.

I liked this corner because it is across from King’s Manor, which is where young people often hang out. I handed tracts to tatted-up young men and young women with ‘Juicy’ written on their butts. A couple of kids who sat atop a monument behind me hollered out questions as I painted. It was so noisy with the bands and all that I couldn’t make out what they were saying.

I also noticed over my shoulder someone sitting on the wall that separated me from the children on the monument. I didn’t turn to see who it was, but I could sence that they were paying very close attention to my painting. When I finished the painting, I turned to find an Hispanic man. I smiled and asked him if he liked to paint. He said that he did not know how. We chatted for a few moments, then I gave him a Talent Search tract and began to explain its contents.

Can I Know?

When I asked him if he was saved, he said, “I’m a Catholic.” “That’s ok,” I replied, “but are you saved?” He answered, “No one can know that.” I said, “According to the Bible, you can know.” I then told him about Romans 10:9: …that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

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  1. That’s great, Keni, love the car and the festive atmosphere in your painting!

    • Keni
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      Thanks Lori. That car brought back old memories.

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