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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Not Fast Enough

Last week I got 'sniped' by ByWords photoblogger Charles Earl on Canada Day. Yes, I now know how it feels. And earlier this week, at the Tree Reading Series, I was soooo slow I actually got candidly sketched by David Scrimshaw. I don't know why the slice of watermelon is growing out of my head, but I suspect it's just a Alexander Keith's beer poster on the wall. At least I hope it is. My ear is very well done and so is my jaw line. Thanks David.

Speaking of being sniped, there was an Israeli artist / visitor, 'Omar', making the rounds in my neibourhood going door to door selling paintings. Not just 8x10s but really large 3 x 4 feet canvases which were also matted by the way. It was a balmy 32 degrees out, too. Must have been a tad warm for him as he lugged all those 40 or so paintings. He asked $150 to $200 a piece, too. Most were landscapes in a "Bob Ross" churned-out style, but my mom always warned me about buying bobrossian-art from strangers. Besides, I don't happen to carry that amount of money around so I was caught off guard. While looking through his large portfolio of work, he admitted that he was previously a sniper in the Israeli army. This kind of unsettled me. But that part of his life was over and he now travels the world painting (so he says). Needless to say, I politely declined to make a purchase...very politely.


Blogger David Scrimshaw said...

I'm glad you caught the underlying symbolism in my drawing. It was a beer poster, but I thought a watermelon would evoke your refreshing character.

Saturday, July 15, 2006 1:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The portraitists gets portaited. :)

Quite eventful events. Yes, tossing out sniper status could be a bit off-putting. As normal as military service is elsewhere, hm.

Sunday, July 16, 2006 5:58:00 PM  

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