Friday, 28 May 2010

Jackie

Jackie


I hope to have a new painting to put on here soon but rather than just not do anything today I thought of sharing this quick sketch. I remembered I had it somewhere as I wrote about Archie and his love of a little flutter on my other blog.


I have three Inns where I hang paintings for sale. Each one has its characters. Jackie is one such character so like Archie in so many ways. He too has his daily routine and it involves the placing of a small wager on a horse or a dog. As he says it adds a wee bit of interest to his day.

He is on first sight a serious looking character but he is so full of wry humour. He also has a wonderful ability to make you feel at ease and to see that the world is not at all a bad place to be.

Now I am by no means young, yet whenever he sees me he will always say, “Hi laddie how are you the day then?” For those of you unfamiliar with the word laddie it means young man. Now does that just not make you smile. There is always somebody older than you.

I have a number of sketches of the characters I meet. They are all just quick five minute drawings. Like Katherine I give them to the people I draw but I keep a small copy of them just for memories of people and places.

This blog is linked to my other where I tell a tale of an old charcter. Is IT Worth the Gamble?

3 comments:

  1. Funny how this portrait of Jackie makes me imagine what he did/does for a living. Something in the lines and expression of his face, his clothes...People have such interesting stories if one but takes the time to listen. You, Ralph, are a listener. And I love that about you!

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  2. Such a brilliant sketch !

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  3. You captured his wry humor so perfectly! I can tell he's a character! (Oh, and I keep a copy of all my drawings too!)

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