Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Local Talent

Ok, so I was starting to fancy myself as a bit of an 'athlete', with this whole 'morning running thing'.... and then.... bam... head cold and fever. Damn it. Not to be broken, I still went for a walk yesterday morning though..... headed in the opposite direction for a change.... and I am so glad I did... as I met 'Bill'.



I had to stop and compliment him on his attention to detail... see the little bottle of flowers on the table?

It's all in the detail.

There he was, sketching away, on the riverbank, surrounded by flood carnage, his life's belongings neatly stacked in his shopping trolley and a little bottle of flowers elegantly displayed alongside his artist's tools. Some beauty amongst all the brown which was the flood. We got chatting about the flood, the view, his landscapes and the meaning of life.... as you do.


Aren't they lovely! He offered me one. I couldn't take one. He was too generous.

I said I would ask you if I should. Should I accept one?

He's very talented. He almost makes the view of Toowong, over the river, look a bit 'French' with his style. I suggested he head on up to our local florist (who sells local artwork) to market his talent. He took notes.....wrote down everything I said to him..... even my new mantra....."trust life".

Bill's subject - the real Toowong, viewed from the muddy, recently repaired (look new rocks!) banks of West End.

So nice to meet you Bill :)
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36 comments:

  1. Oh wow, A-M you do meet the most amazing people on your daily travels. Would you consider setting up a Paypal tab for him as well? Then maybe you could accept some of his artwork. He's got an amazing eye for detail as you mentioned. I love his sketches.

    A.

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  2. HI A-M, maybe if you accepted one you could then take him back a little gift of some more supplies, say, a nice pad of drawing paper?
    His work is lovely :)

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  3. Morning, I think you should take a picture. You obviously struck a cord with him and it was a very nice generous of him. Graciously accept I say. Get well soon! ;-)

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  4. Wow, he is a talented artist! I agree with the 'French' style appraisal. Love the flowers too - was the first thing I noticed! I hope he takes your advice and pays a visit to the florist. I think you should accept his generous offer of one of those pictures - it will make you smile every time you look at it and will be a lovely memory of your chance meeting.

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  5. I think you should say yes. Why? Because you will love and cherish his beautiful artwork and that's all that any artist really wants isn't it?! Bill does a great job and I hope he takes your advice and visits the shop you suggested.

    I also hope you are feeling better soon!

    Kat :)

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  6. So nice to meet you Bill.
    Yes A-Me I think you could accept Bill's artwork. Think how proud he'd feel to know you have displayed his talent, possibly framed, in your home for friends and family to admire.
    At times it's difficult to accept generosity but I believe when a gift is offered it's perfectly fine to gratefully receive from the giver.
    Have good day, am thinking of you.
    xxx

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  7. Dear AM, Hope you have an extra special day today and are feeling well soon, cheers Katherine

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  8. A-M,
    Your story brought tears to my eyes. I think his drawings are lovely. I would hang one in my house. I think the story behind the artwork is more important than the work itself If he won't take any money and he wants you to have one then I say accept his kind offer. Maybe you could buy him an knew sketch pad or pencils in return for his picture.
    Kathy

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  9. A-M, you are such a beautiful soul. You would have made Bill's day, just by taking the time to stop and be interested in him. Indeed he does have a talent, and I think you must accept his generous offer to have one for yourself. he would be proud to have you think highly enough of him to display his talent in your home. You are a gem, a rare and exquisite gem. Love and hugs, Beck xx

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  10. You know what A-M, I think you should take one. Sometimes the lesson is in learning to accept what's offered to us. And it's absolutely gorgeous to boot. Bill is very talented and you've just given him a fabulous shout-out here, so who knows where it will lead? K x

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  11. Wow what a lovely post A-M. And how lovely is Bill, he really made me smile.

    I use to say no when someone generously offered me a gift but now I accept, especially 'homegrown gifts' made with all heart. It makes the giver excited ( I love when someone loves my dolls) and it makes me feel special. So accept!!! LOL!

    And if Bill does decide to sell his artwork please let us know, as I know at least one BrisVegas boy (my dad) who would love one as a gift.
    xxK

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  12. I would like to buy one of his pictures. I think they are great. Can you ask Bill how much to buy on of his paintings? and could I forward the money to you to pass on and then post on to me?

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  13. The flowers in the water bottle makes my heart sing! I think his art is gorgeous! I love the sketch/expressionist style, very french! I look forward to an update on his first art sale! Jxx

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  14. I find it so very refreshing to see all of the wonderful people you have met on your wanderings A-M. I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about how out of touch everyone has become. We are all so busily rushing around and not seeing the lovely people around us, listening to their great stories. It makes us all so serious, very few people smile anymore. Thank you for sharing your days with us.
    On another note, it is funny that you say your new mantra is "trust life". I adopted this very same mantra a few months ago. It has been amazing what positive things have come my way since then. I know great things will come your way too.

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  15. They are lovely sketches. Would make fabulous greeting cards, wouldn't they? I'd buy them.

    Sorry to hear the running isn't happening today. I'm a walker myself, running's far too energetic for me.

    I'm loving seeing a different view of Brisbane through your eyes. Thanks.

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  16. This is a lovely post A-M.

    In the midst of the chaos that is my family life at the moment, I'm really enjoying getting my positive fixes from you.

    xxMB

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  17. How important is it to take a moment to see the world through someone else's eyes?

    I was fascinated to see what Bill saw in that view. He has a quiet dignity about him too that intrigues me. I bet Bill has a story...

    Your ability to connect with people is a gift worth sharing A-M. If you see Bill again I think you should accept his gift :)

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  18. I love your gift of shining your light on locals on the street.

    You warm my heart and help me feel my shared humanity with those who I am tempted to alienate myself from.

    You gently correct my delustion of superiority towards those I may otherwise look 'down upon'.

    I look forward to introducing myself to Bill the next time we meet.

    Thank you,
    Love Luma

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  19. Oh, A-M. Good for you again, my friend. I hope Bill strikes it lucky following your suggestion. You seem to be radiating positivity now. J

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  20. I love this story, like when you leave each morning for a run....who will you meet next?

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  21. I would buy one! Living in Canberra now and miss QLD and Brisbane so much!

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  22. How lovely, and yes, tres French! What about scanning his work and selling cards on Etsy and giving him the money?

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  23. Accepting a gift is sometimes the greatest gift we can give!

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  24. I think Bill would get a lot of pleasure out of giving you one of his drawings. They are beautiful. I do think it may be nice to give him something in return though. Maybe a sketch book would be nice. Hope you feel better soon.
    Sharyn

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  25. I just love the people you meet whilst walking around your neighbourhood. I see absolutely no-one on my early morning walks - just a couple of kookaburras, an inquisitive goat and a rather aloof horse. I love Bill's little flower display and also his spivvy looking tie! ;)Sharyne

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  26. A-M my first thought was before I read the comments were, yes. I agree with the other posters, about somemtimes people just want to be nice and give someone something, but more than that I think he is proud that you loved his work. Maybe sometime you can drop off a nice coffee and desert maybe a sandwich, for him while he draws? I agree with you , his work is lovely.Julie in Holland :)

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  27. You seem to be seeing everything through fresh eyes A-M, and letting us see through you! Thank you!

    Of course accept Bill's gift. It's a first step to something unknown.

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  28. as a wanna be artist, I say you should accept. He offered it from his heart and would love for you to have one :0) I like the idea of you taking him some supplies as a thank you too. Hope you feel better right away! God bless.

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  29. Love this and he looks so sweet! Sweetness and talent, you can´t go wrong there! :-)

    Hope you feel better, take care!

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  30. what a gentle soul - even setting up some flowers for himself. Did you get Bill's story? And i noticed his signature is so beautifully written. Mel xx

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  31. Oh A- M , I have tears. You took the time out to talk with Bill ( I wish I had that courage) A man with obvious talents & styling with his flowers !
    I cannot put into words how these 'snapshots' of peoples lifes you have been highlighting brings different thinking about the world to me.
    Slowly , slowly changing thought patterns , opening up everyones eyes to new experiences of how we all live differently. Of course we all know people do but it takes a face with a personal story to really see. You leave me wanting more........

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  32. Dear A-M, I must agree, I love how you've been shining a light on some of the locals lately. They definitely deserve it! I too think you should accept Bill's generous gift & maybe in return you could provide him with a frame or two for his drawings so that he could approach the florist perhaps just a little more confidently with a couple of his gorgeous works already framed up & ready to be sold. I too would love to buy one of Bill's drawings. Love your positive take on life. It's inspiring. Lee :)

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  33. Yes, you should accept one. because sometimes when things aren't going so well, doing something kind for someone reminds you that you that you will again someday be your capable self.

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  34. Loving that you are talking to these wonderful people. I do volunteer work with our Homeless people and absolutely love them. They really just want someone to care. stop, talk, listen ... they need this. You so lovingly give it. xx

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  35. I think he would feel very important to someone, if you accept his work, because that's all he has.
    Enjoy what life offers you.

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  36. Those flowers would have got me too! They say so much about a man who has lost it all. Yet you also spoke to him where I am not sure I would have. Thank you for so beautifully showing me what I might be missing out on. His paintings are lovely and yes - you should accept his gift. It is what/all he has to give and don't we all feel better giving something away. I would buy one if he sells them! Hugs xxx

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx