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30 December 2012

Hubby's Christmas Present

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. 

15 comments:

Akelamalu said...

That's wonderful and what a unique Christmas gift!

Mel said...

Wow...that's amazing.

The painting.
Not the lie you told the hubby. *laughing*
Well done, YOU.

And John did a most excellent job.

Brian Miller said...

what a cool gift...glad they got it done for you...it looks amazing...

Valerie said...

I was very pleased with it, Pearl. I don't normally have good ideas :O)

Agreed, Mel. John is a true artist.

Thanks, Brian. I have to admit the likeness is excellent.

Ron said...

What a picture perfect gift, Valerie!

I clicked the photo to enlarge so I could see it BIG.

It's faaaaaaaabulous!!!!!!

And I bet Joe LOVED it!

You done good, dear lady!

And bravo to John for such a splendid job!

Happy Sunday to you!

X

L. D. Burgus said...

It is a wonderful work. I am glad you were able to pull off the secret gift.

Valerie said...

Thank you, Ron. I'm especially pleased that the surprise was acceptable.

Oooh Larry, I am so glad you like it, especially as you know so much about art.

Jay said...

What a GREAT gift! And yes, a very talented artist - something to treasure, for sure!

CrystalChick said...

What a perfectly wonderful gift! Very nice, Valerie!

Gill - That British Woman said...

what a wonderful gift and a very talented artist.

Gill

HermanTurnip said...

Oh, that is awesome! I love John's style.

Valerie said...

John certainly is a talented guy, Herman.

Don't unplug your hub. said...

Thanks Valerie and everyone for the kind comments. Hubby likes it that is what is important. You chose a perfect frame and mount too.
Happy New Year Valerie to you both and also to all your readers.
John.

Joseph Daggatt said...

I liked it very much indeed I remember that photo and diner. You had a photo taken as well and you looked beautifully elegant.
The artist is ingeniously talented.

Joseph Daggatt said...

I liked it very much indeed I remember that photo and diner. You had a photo taken as well and you looked beautifully elegant.
The artist is ingeniously talented.