Saturday, February 05, 2011


While at Nicholls Park (in Richmond) the other day, I met a younger man. He said his name was Oscar. After going through the usual questions most people ask of outdoor painters, he settled next to me and  watched me paint for a while. Then Oscar said, half joking, "bet you wouldn't put me in your painting." "Why not?" I asked. "Can you stand for twenty minutes?" "Sure I can!," he responded. "Ok, you're on!" For the next twenty minutes, he stood there, laughing and joking some more, saying he should have married me because I was "unusually open-minded." Then I called him over to see the results. I offered him twenty dollars for his time, but he refused the money, saying he had had "the time of his life."

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