House Portraits by Pete

 

The End of the Road

Thursday, May 24, 2007

When people think of Rte.66, the end of the road is thought of as the Santa Monica Pier, and for that reason I painted a watercolor of the pier signage with it's surrounding park. The pier signage is a symbolic gateway from my vantage point, the beginning point of my west to east series of scenes along the route.

In actuality, the end of Rte.66 was a few blocks away and never reached the ocean. In the earlier years of Rte.66, the Mother Road ended at 7th and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, in the heart of the theatre district. Later it was extended to Santa Monica.

For travelers from the east in a bygone era, Santa Monica stood for the golden promise of California, of limitless possibilities. For me, it stands for the beginning of my journey into Rte.66