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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Farmers Market - Pink Cap



Farmers Market - The Pink Cap!
8x6in oil on canvas panel SOLD

Artist Note
I came to an abrupt stop when I 
was passing this stall at the market.
The pink cap was glowing 
with the sun hitting it 
and 
wearing it was a manly man
bearded and muscular!

You have seen the type.
It reminded me how 
times have changed.
When I was growing up 
a man could not be even
found who would wear pink in any form.

I went over and bought some sweet onions
and told him I liked his cap color.
He told me very proudly 
he was wearing
it to support his sister who had
breast cancer.
So there you go.
HOW NEAT IS THAT!

22 comments:

  1. It used to be said that only a brave man wore pink, but that is no longer true - and thank goodness for that.

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    1. Welcome back! Looking forward to following your blog stories about your trip.

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  2. This is SO beautiful Julie!!!! Color, color color!!! And I love your post and love this man with the pink cap supporting his sister with breast cancer! My husband comes from the "Old" school who wouldn't wear pink....I have no problems seeing a man wearing it !!! Again, a beautiful farmers market painting!!!!

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    1. Thanks Hilda.
      We certainly have similar pleasure for how times have changed in this area.

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  3. What a lovely man.

    Your painting is alive with color-I especially love the greens-they pop.

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    1. Thanks, Debra. Your pics of the flowers made my day!

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  4. Good on him for being a real (special) man!!

    This gem of a narrative painting is only 8x6!! You never fail to astonish me, Julie, with the detail you manage include in so small a space. It's "all there" but never overworked. Your work remains lusciously loose and painterly. I especially like the onions that have tumbled onto the ground.

    (Thanks for your lovely comments on recent work, dear chum.)

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    1. Lovely complements, thank you, Helene. Always so good to hear from you and visit your blog.

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  5. A very neat story indeed! I greatly appreciate the men and women who "cross the line" as far as what has been in the past typically gender specific clothing, child-rearing, job choices, etc. How refreshing. Your lovely painting really reflects the busyness of an open-air type market. I can just imagine the noise of people talking, merchandise being moved and boxes being stacked. So much to see!

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    1. I agree with everything you feel about those who cross the line. You put it so well.
      Thanks for the nice words on my painting. šŸ¤—šŸ’•

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  6. I love the painting and the story that goes with it! Market sketches are so great at showing the life of a community. How great that he is so proud to wear the hat to support his sister!

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    1. We never know what goes on in the lives of the people around us, do we? More and more good in the world by ordinary folk. Thanks for liking my painting.

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  7. the pink is def eye catching :) looks like a good variety of stuff he had for sale on his table :)

    men and women should be able to wear what they want and thankfully in most places they now can :) when I was a teenager it wasnt so much what you wore that people made fun of, people would make fun of kids, mostly boys if they had both of their ears pierced, which I thought was stupid as Dad had multiple holes pierced in both ears and so did a lot of other men I knew. but teenagers will pick on the stupidest things.

    lol rambly comment from me :p

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    1. Hey, Jennifer...love this long comment. Thanks for sharing. It showed me the age difference even more. Piercing the ears was an area not easy for woment to get done. I begged and pleaded and was 16 before i had my ears pierced!! Thank heavens there are people like you.

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    2. most people i knew had their ears pierced at home or at school by their friends lol
      I was about 11 when I had my ears done but took them out and then at 13 had my nose pierced for my birthday lol :) and then every year after I got something else done

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  8. LOVE this painting and the story behind + your amazing capacity in not overcrowding a painting even though filled with details !

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    1. Hi Jane. Thanks so much and for liking the reason this painting came about. Appreciate the complement. šŸ˜

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  9. Such a lively colorful painting, and a moving story within it, adding all the more depth.

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  10. Back on-line after many computer problems and I open to the "Pink Cap" Thank you for the story behind it. Laparosopic surgery on the 31st and back to a normal life. I'll try posting a few before I go back to the hospital. You continue to inspire, what an artist you are Julie.

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    1. I bet this has been a very long waiting period. I have marked the 31st on my caledar snd will be praying for sucessful outcomes. You could have died, my friend and i am so grateful you are here to paint your beautiful paintings.
      Thanks for liking my painting.

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  11. I cant believe how you can fit in so many details in a 8 by 6 inch! Amazing and incredible!

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Cheers,
Julie