Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sadie's Smile

Sadie's Smile
8" x 10" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

It has been over a week since I have been on the "blog".  It has been a nice break spent with family but I am anxious to get back to my paints.  This is a commission I painted before Christmas. Since it was to be given as a present, I wanted to wait to post it.  The sweet black lab in the painting is named Sadie.  She had a wonderful life with her family. And even though she, as they say, has passed over the rainbow bridge her spirit lives on, as all great dogs do.  Her owners are wonderful people with a great love of animals, who always seem to have a pack of rescued black labs walking them through the neighborhood.  I love the tranquility of this scene and the slight smile of contentment on Sadie's face.  A well-loved lab sprawled on a dock, basking in the sun's last rays, after a day spent on the water....life just doesn't get much better than that.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

To All A Happy Holiday Season

all is calm, all is bright
9" x 12" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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A wish from me to you for a very wonderful and merry holiday season, no matter which holiday you celebrate.  May we all pause and take in how much we have to be thankful for and carry those thoughts with us into the new year.  Peace on earth, goodwill to all.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

cool morning light

cool morning light
14" x 11" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

It was just me and the seagulls with a few pigeons thrown in for good measure, on the pier early one morning in November.  It was about 60 degrees with the slight breeze of an ebb tide swirling around and the light was absolutely perfect.  I wish all of my mornings were so blissful!

Friday, December 9, 2011

brown-eyed girl...

brown-eyed girl
16" x 16" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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My son gave me the title of this painting....I think it fits perfectly!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Shirley's Snowy Stomping Ground

Shirley's Snowy Stomping Ground
14" x 11" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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This painting was a commission for a Christmas present.  It is the home of Shirley, the mother of a friend of mine.  It's from a picture taken last year during one of our infrequent snows.  Shirley is one of my very favorite people.   A beautiful, plain-spoken, feisty, salt-of the-earth kind of woman.  She laughs loud and talks loud.  Hugs your neck the first time she meets you.  She can do more and work harder than most women half her age. She is larger than life and knows how to live life large.   A true gem of a girl!  I call this her stomping ground because not only is this her home it also houses her business and she rules it all!  Merry Christmas, Shirley from one of your many admirers!   

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

evening glow

evening glow
11" x 14" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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Nothing beats a sunset over the marsh.  Not for me anyway!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Slight chop on inland waters....

slight chop on inland waters
11" x 14" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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Growing up, I heard this phrase "slight chop on inland waters" at the end of every weather forecast on the radio.  I'm not sure I even knew what it meant for a very long time.  Funny what you remember.  When I was a small child and and heard another city's forecast on the radio, I was stunned when it didn't include that line.  It never occurred to me that it only applied to the coast. This shrimpboat is heading out to sea with early morning fog and a slight chop on inland waters.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

parked out front

parked out front
28" x 22" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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While walking my dog this summer at the beach, I came upon this great scene.  An old Ford Starliner from the early sixties (before you get really impressed, I had to google this!) sitting out in front of a beach house. It was mid morning and the sun was lighting the scene like a movie set.  The old Ford had definitely seen better days but I got the feeling she still had some spark left in her!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

the boathouse...SOLD

the boathouse
12" x 12" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
SOLD
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This is another one of my paintings that will be at the Holiday Square Works Show at Providence Gallery from December 2 - January 30th. The Opening Reception is Friday, Dec 2 from 6 - 9pm.  Lots of great art to see and buy!  

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

such a sweet face... SOLD

such a sweet face
12" x 12" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
SOLD

Who couldn't love a mug like that?  You can come and see this pretty girl in person at the  Holiday Square Works Show at Providence Gallery from December 2 - January 30th.  The Opening Reception is Friday, Dec 2 from 6 - 9pm.  Sounds like fun!  She (the cow) even got a frame for the occasion!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sprouting Some Green

sprouting some green
12" x 9" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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This little onion is getting in the spirit of the season and sprouting some green for the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Waiting on a bite...

waiting on a bite
8" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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We are heading to the coast for Thanksgiving...you know "over the river and through the marsh"...  With that on my mind, thought I would post a painting I did this summer.  These two were hunkered down for a long afternoon of fishing. Dad looked as content as he could be.  His son, on the other hand, was running low on interest.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sentry On The Bluff

sentry on the bluff
30" x 40" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

This is a commission for a friend.  An old live oak keeping watch over the river. There are a lot of really cool colors that didn't quite translate from painting to photo and great palette knife texture to boot!  All I want for Christmas is a new camera...   :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Old Oak Path

old oak path
6" x 6" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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There is this great property on Tybee Island that has some ancient gnarled oaks lining a pathway to the beach.  Scenes like this used to be much more common.  Tourism and construction are wonderful for the economy but sometimes not so much for old beach properties.  I wanted to capture this little bird's eye view in case it too, disappears one day.

Friday, November 11, 2011

California or bust....

evening light
6" x 6" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood


This painting was accepted into the Randy Higbee 6 x 6 Show in California!!  I got the notification last night and was so excited!! Sitting in my studio, day after day painting away, there are times when I am scraping off more paint from the canvas than I am putting on.  I question if I am where I am supposed to be...doing what I am supposed to do.  I know we all feel that way sometimes.  Moments like these are so affirming and motivating....make all the angst worthwhile.  I also found out that  two of my paintings were accepted to a local gallery show here in Charlotte this week too.  It has been a very, very good week!  I am so happy that all those hours painting and scraping are starting to pay off!!  Got to go send this one on it's way to Orange County! WOO HOO!  :) 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

red dirt road...SOLD

red dirt road
11" x 14" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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I have been working on several large paintings lately, which is a good thing, but I did sit down on Saturday and paint this small one.  I love the loose feel of this  and the road disappearing around the bend. Not exactly sure where it might be headed or even if its headed anywhere.  I was happy with the way this turned out, although my photograph of it seems darker than the painting itself.  I sure hope Santa is reading my blog and brings me a new camera.......

Monday, November 7, 2011

early morning walk ... SOLD

early morning walk
20" x 20" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
SOLD
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This early morning walk seems to have either a destination or a purpose in mind.  Wonder which?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Throwing a change-up....

reflections on autumn
20" x 30" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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I'm throwing a change-up into the mix this week.  Lately my postings have been of more traditional paintings but I decided to throw in a little something different.  This is an abstracted view of water or rather the reflections in it.  I love the colorful reflections on the forever rippling, swirling, bouncing surface of seawater.  It was great fun to work on and a nice change of pace.  I enjoyed it so much I think I will work on a series of these..maybe on much larger canvases.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Shrimp Boats... SOLD

The Agnes Marie
8" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
SOLD
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I love shrimpboats.  Rusty and crusty and hardworking boats.  They remind me of my childhood and of the families I knew growing up who worked the waters off the coast of Savannah.  So few still take on this way of life. In fact, I don't think any of my friends followed their fathers into shrimping.   It is much easier to make money doing something else. As my dad would have said "its an awful hard way to make a living".  It is a rough life and it has to be a part of your soul to subject yourself to the elements day in and day out without the guarantee of catching anything.  Not to mention trying to compete with imported or farmed shrimp sold at such low prices. I do what little I can to support local shrimpers and always buy wild caught shrimp.  There is nothing that compares to the taste of fresh, sweet shrimp right off the boat.  Lecture over.  The Agnes Marie is docked and in for the night.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

more cows....

party of four, please
12" x 24" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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A few more sweet white cows for your viewing pleasure...... :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Out of the darkness and into the light....

out of the darkness
16" x 20" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Out of the darkness...and into the light. Which was just the problem with this painting! The dark areas just would not cooperate with my camera or vice versa. Not sure which. But I probably took 100 shots in every lighting possible, every way possible except maybe standing on my head. By the time I was done, I think I had used every colorful word I know at least once and in many new and different combinations. The photo still doesn't do the painting justice but until I get a new camera...it will have to do!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Better Days....

better days
11" x 14" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Earlier this summer while driving through the country, I came upon an abandoned farm.  The classic farmhouse with a big front porch and lots of great outbuildings.  A beautiful old place...as if the owners had just picked up and left one day and never returned.  Nature was slowly taking over and the pasture and buildings were overrun with vines and all manner of plants.  The buildings were breaking down and caving in and the plants on the ground were reaching for the sky with wild abandon.  Somehow all that worked together to made it an even more lovely scene.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

pretty girls... SOLD

pretty girls
24" x 36" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
SOLD

Two pretty girls basking in the early morning sun.....one bold, the other a bit cautious or maybe she's not shy at all just playing hard to get?  Some cows do, you know.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Come Sail Away...

come sail away
18" x 24" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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Here's a little bit of summer to get you through the winter........


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Off-Season..... SOLD

waiting on next summer
8" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
SOLD
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Lifeguard Stand #18 has been abandoned for this year.  Pushed back into the edge of the dunes, it sits in the early morning light.....all work done for the season....waiting on next summer to arrive.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tall Grasses..

tall grasses
6" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Imagine lying on your stomach, chin resting on your clasped hands in the cool grass watching the day fade into night.  The crickets are starting up their tune and the birds have gone silent.  As you look up towards the sky through the blades of the grass this is what you'd see. Are you with me?
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A palette knife study of the colorful tall grasses of autumn silhouetted against the evening sky.   

Friday, October 14, 2011

October Skies

Study:  october skies
6" x 6" Oil on Panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

It has been one of those weeks!  On Monday afternoon, as I looked at the week ahead, I thought I had big blocks of painting time stretched out in front of me.  Only a couple of blips on my calendar to work around.  I had visions of stacks of paintings completed by Friday.  As always, things don't often work out as planned.

Tuesday, I painted this study  of the marsh from my trip this past weekend.  A huge storm was sitting off the coast and the sky was filled with layers and layers of clouds. Some were racing across the sky, some seemed to never move and every once in a while, just out of nowhere the sun would appear and illuminate everything.  I liked the study and so I started on a larger canvas.  It was raining and I had the day ahead of me so I worked until I had it about three quarters done and put it on a ledge to finish the next day.  No sooner had I put it aside to dry, my dog bounded in the door to my studio to check out my progress and finding it good, shook rain and mud off himself and left again.  Let me just say, it is amazing how many small, perfectly round droplets of mud found their way on to my wet painting.

So, Wednesday found me working on other projects and waiting for the paint to set up enough so that I could scrape off at least a hundred small specks of mud.  Just as I started to work on my mud removal, my son's baseball practice was switched to a baseball game, which set all kinds of schedule changes into motion.  So here it is Friday and the painting that I thought was going to be posted on Wednesday is posted today...completed and "mudless".  :)

 october skies
12" x 24" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Monday, October 10, 2011

in the pink... SOLD

in the pink
12" x 12" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
SOLD
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Fall is changing all the summer greens to olives, golds and chocolate browns.  This palette knife painting reflects the changing sky and land as autumn creates her magic.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Legendary....

a Tybee icon
8" x 8" Oil on Canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

This is a painting of the legendary Doc's Bar on Tybee Island.  It's a classic.  A legend.  A quaint hole-in-the-wall bar, complete with bumper pool and a band in the corner.  My grandfather went there, my dad and uncles, and now my cousins and I stop in when we are at the beach.  It is one of those things we just have to do.  It has such a great throwback vibe....sort of the "Cheers" of Tybee.  You never know who or what will wander in and the people watching is incomparable. 

Tybee's "Pirate-Fest" is this weekend and several of my cousins and I are headed down for the festivities......I'm sure you'll find us sitting on a barstool at Doc's  drinking a cold beer, doing a little people watching and telling some legends of our own.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Simply Day III

pinks and purples
6" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Still working very simple on these small palette knife paintings.  They are so much fun to do!  I have painted this marshview many times but I never seem to grow tired of it.  There is always something more to see. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

simplify, simplify.....

north beach
6" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood


This palette knife painting is a view of the tip of North Beach on Tybee Island, GA.   I have been working on simplifying my landscapes ......wish it would cross over into the rest of my life!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Early Signs of Fall.......

early fall
6" x 6"  oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

As much as I want to hold on to summer....it's slowly slipping away. Golds and reds are invading the green landscape with each passing moment.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Summer in the country.....

hayfield
6" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood


Nothing says summer in the country like a field of freshly baled hay!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

In for the night

in for the night
8" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

This painting is from a photo I took on my last day at the beach this summer. A storm had passed through earlier that afternoon and left a calm, clear evening that was almost cool.  You could almost feel summer slipping away with the breeze.

Monday, September 12, 2011

A little past prime...

big old okra
6" x 6" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

I was picking okra, or what's left of it, this morning in my garden.  Okra seems to grow at least three inches every night.  One day a flower, the next a lovely little green okra ready to eat.  No matter how often I pick, I always miss one.  I will notice a stalk on the ground and sure enough, a gigantic okra at the end of it!  Although inedible......it was such a lovely shade of green, I decided to paint it. A little past it's prime but still valuable!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Can you guess what this is?

a bit of spanish moss
6' x 6" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

What is it?  It's one of the things I miss about my hometown.  Live oak trees dripping in dreamy spanish moss. Actually here it's just a branch.  Growing up I heard my grandmother complain all the time about spanish moss smothering her trees. Sometimes it does cover the tree so completely the branches and leaves are barely visible.  But it is so very beautiful.  A little mysterious and a bit spooky at times. I like to think of it as heavenly though.....

Thursday, September 1, 2011

big red .... SOLD

big red
6" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
SOLD


Daily Paintworks is having a  "Help the Children of Africa" fundraising challenge.  This is my donation.  Please check out the website....there is a lot of great art to choose from and all for a very worthy cause.  DailyPaintworks.com 

All proceeds from the auction of my painting will be donated to the American Red Cross. To bid on this painting, please click on the following link: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/Buy/Auction/12215

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The late, great Oscar....

Oscar Sauls
8" x 8" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

This is Oscar. Oscie. The Boo-Boo Head. Spaghetti-eating, crazy-barking leader of the shih tzu rodeo. And most of all a beloved member of my friend's family.  Our pets are so intertwined in our lives.  When they leave us, there are so many moments we miss...so many holes in our day.  Oscar was such a dog.  He had more than his fair share of personality and was such a sweetie.  The baby of the family. King of lap-sitting.  Oscar lived a long and wonderful 16 years and will be missed terribly. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

fist full of flowers .... SOLD

fist full of flowers
8" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
SOLD

The painting above should be called "learning curve" instead of  "fist full of flowers". 

At the start of anything new there is always a learning curve.  Sometimes the curve is just a small incline that barely qualifies as a curve.  Sometimes the curve is so steep that you aren't quite sure if it's a curve at all....more like a vertical line instead.

I had one of those steep curve experiences last week.  I took a three day painting workshop with one of my favorite people, not to mention brilliant painter, Andy Braitman. We worked on vignettes and layering and mediums and brushstrokes and knife strokes.... and all in a completely different order and manner than I  usually paint.  I felt as if I had taken up painting blindfolded, using my left hand instead of my right.  I scraped off as much paint as I put on and thought a couple of times about sneaking out and going home! 

But as I tell my kids, perseverance pays off and by the end of the workshop I was starting to see a glimmer of hope.  I felt like I was finally up and over the curve.  And for all the hours of frustration and confusion and occasional desperation, I learned a lot of cool ways to use paint.  Which  I'm guessing is what Andy had in mind all along.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Playing Hooky

Finn
12" x 12" Oil on Canvas
©2010 DottieLeatherwood

OK, I admit it. I am on vacation this week at the beach with my family and I am indulging in laziness.  I have painted several mornings and taken great pictures to paint from when I get back home but my usual dedication to painting is just not there.  This portrait is of my sister-in-law's dog-child, Finn.  I painted it last year and forgot to ever photograph it. Because we are staying at her place at the beach, the perfect opportunity to photograph and post it presented itself!  Animals are one of my favorite things to paint.  I love to try to capture the personality in addition to the likeness.
Now that my work here is done, think I'll play hooky and head to the beach......

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Seagulls Day 2....

standing guard
6" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood


Seagulls are such opportunists.  I was sitting on the beach yesterday reading my book and noticed a group of seagulls checking out an abandoned beach bag.  They circled it for a while before one of the gulls worked up his nerve and dove into the beach bag. Immediately, he pulled out a bag of chips and flew a few feet away with them.  (I think they have done this before!)  At that point another gull challenged him and gained control of the goodies. He proceeded to tear open the bag and eat his fill while the other gulls stood around like his security detail and watched for the owner of the chips to come back.  Funny little birds!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Good Morning from Tybee Island!

morning gull
6" x 6" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Everyone takes a morning walk at the beach....  This seagull was just strolling along the beach in the early morning light.  He fit right in with all the other walkers. I got up early this morning and painted this little painting sitting out on the porch enjoying the breeze.  Bliss!  Now it's time for me and my dog to join the seagull :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Almost Perfection

island view
6" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood


My sister-in-law is graciously letting my family stay at her beach house this week.  As a thank you I painted her this little painting of  a picture she had taken in the BVI earlier this year.  The sand and the sky has a good bit of pink in them but my camera just would not capture the true color. Oh well, this view does have it all....clear blue water, sand and palm trees and for the mountain lovers....a mountain or two!  Like I said...almost perfection!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Shades of Green - SOLD

shades of green
8" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood


I was out taking pictures at before sunset last weekend in Savannah.  It was high tide, which means a fabulous breeze was blowing and the temperature had dropped from 98 earlier in the day to a blissful 86 degrees. I had the most marvelous time driving around in my jeep taking pictures.  Nothing like a summertime sea of green marsh stretched out as far as the eye can see to make a girl happy!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

flowers in the window

flowers in the window
6"x 6" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

This is my entry this week into the Daily Paintworks Black & White to Color Challenge .  Every week  a new challenge is issued on this daily painter's website.  They are great fun to try and it is always interesting to see what all the different artists come up with.  If you have not been to Daily Paintworks, you need to check it out.....there is some fabulous artwork for sale!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

marsh bound.....

back river marsh
8" x8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Another view of the marsh off the back river of Tybee Island. I have been on a purple/orange painting kick lately and this little palette knife painting shows it. I am headed to Savannah for a couple of days and can take a break from thinking and painting the marsh and have the real thing in front of me.....I can't wait!  I won't be taking my paints this trip but will be taking lots of pictures for inspiration. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

down the path

cottage path
12"x12" Oil on Canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood


This is a little sunlit path to the beach between cottages on Tybee Island.  I love classic old bungalow beach houses.  They have so much personality. The pathway that I painted is a bit broken in places, not straight for more than two feet at a time and is made up of all sorts of paving materials mixed with a bit of beach sand here and there.  Makes you want to wander down it though....and see what's just around the bend.

Monday, July 25, 2011

a view through the trees
6"x 8" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

This is a study for a larger painting that I am about to begin.  Its a view out onto the marsh through a break in the trees.  I love the overgrown feeling of the woods at the edge of the marsh and the spanish moss dripping from every available limb. I like the way the dark cool trees frame the glowing marsh beyond.  The best thing about it....no mosquitoes to swat at!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Distracted

distracted
8"x 8" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

This kitten lives at the horse stable where my daughter rides.  He has a ton of personality and will not be denied the attention he feels is due him.  He was following me around one evening while I was taking pictures, doing his best to distract me.  I think he was looking for a little time in front of the camera.  Anyway, he sat down nearby to bathe and give himself a good scratch behind the ears when suddenly he paused mid scratch to glare at something in the grass in front of him.  Whatever he was looking at must only be visible to cat eyes because I saw nothing!  He stared intently with his glowing yellow eyes at the grass and held the pose for several minutes.  I couldn't resist taking his picture.  I guess he conned me into a photo shoot after all. Maybe I should have titled this painting "persistence" instead!