Not so long ago John Bain posted a couple of pictures that he'd drawn, pen and ink style. I was impressed. In fact, they were so good they prompted me to think of having something similar done for Joe's Christmas present. I pondered on it for at least a couple of days before I put shyness to one side and asked if he could do one for me! 'Yes', he said, 'just send me a photograph and I'll see what I can do.'
I waded through all my pictures until I found one taken by a professional photographer on a cruise liner, when Joe was all dressed up ready for dinner. He looks so distinguished in a dinner jacket so I decided to use that one. I couldn't wait to see the finished product.
There was a tense moment when it arrived and the postman handed the package to Joe. I can't remember what I said it was but you can rest assured it was a lie! It was a few hours before I could get it to the framing gallery and decide on a frame.
It would be several weeks, they said. I pleaded with them to get it done for Christmas ... and they did ... just!
The guys at the gallery raved about the picture. Damn good, was one remark, while another wanted to know who the artist was.
John's efforts were first class and I am now able to show the world what a talented artist he is. Here it is, framed, and hanging on the wall, and what's more, Joe loves it.
Thank you, John.