Each Sunday morning I join a local painting group.
We learn ‘old school’, classical techniques under the guidance of Jules.
I retain memories of daunting early classes. Experienced peers dashing off landscapes, portraits, animals etc on real canvases!
While I painted aubergines and apples onto cheap, small boards.
Two years later (i.e. last week), carrying a large work-in-progress canvas home, an elderly couple approached.
I noticed the woman looking at my picture.
As we drew level she caught my eye and said, “That’s a really great find you made!”
Confused at first, I saw the footpaths were covered with council cleanup junk.
She thought I’d salvaged the painting from someone’s discard pile.
I grinned and replied, “Actually, I’m painting this one.”
Laughter all round.
An unexpected, sideways compliment.