By WR Jones
Susan picked out this place to paint. Ok, a nice motif I thought. But then she paints like she is on a jar of uppers. “I’m done”, she says. Huh? Hold ‘er there Newt. I have just started scratching the itch on my nose. I haven’t even got my paints out. Then I start painting and wouldn’t you know it, another car pulls in front of the car I’m painting. “Hey, you miserable COW, move your car.” This is what I said on the inside. Here is what Susan heard, “Shoot, do you see how that car is blocking my view? Lord willing, the car will move so I can continue with my painting.”
The sign said country store. Country is a relative thing I’m learning. We are in a city but recently had a rattlesnake on our front porch, a skunk in our back yard, and the neighbor’s dog was killed by a mountain lion. Living wild; counting the drugs and all.
Say, did you ever mug an old lady? Really? Then how do you pay for paints? I’m trying my darnedest to earn an honest living; to move my painting sales up from zero. Here is one of life’s big disappointments – you pick out an elderly woman, steal her credit card and find it is maxed out. What the HELL? That is some type of false advertising. I’m having my attorney look into this. I’ve got to have some recourse here; I’m sure you will agree.
This store reminds me of an even smaller store that was on the corner of a residential area in a small Iowa town. It was a “candy” store. We went by it on the way to and from grade school. They sold mostly candy to school children. I’m so nostalgic for such a time and place again. One thing I remember that would have people gasping today is that there was a candy with the name Nigger Babies. Actually said that on the box. It was liquorice in the form of babies. I wonder what a box of those would be worth on Antiques Roadshow today?
Lori – challenged me to paint with only White, Ultramarine, Yellow, and Alizarin – here is a painting I did using only those colors. You can mix a wide spectrum of color with just these 4 but it is much easier to get where you want with more colors.