The bArter System

“Lost my geek in a divorce!” I wailed in a Facebook post.  “I think I have malware!  Does anyone know a geek?”

My plea was answered immediately by the three magic words.  “I can help.”

It took all afternoon, but in a process that seemed like magic, Kevin Rogers did a remote scrub of my infested contraption.

“What can I do to repay you?”  I asked.

Like a true gentleman, he protested that he just liked to help out his friends.  But this had taken hours — literally HOURS — out of his day.

“How about a portrait of your daughter?”  I said.

I can’t begin to count how many times being an artist has come in handy in the pragmatic sense.  I have bartered art for all kinds of services and products — and this month was no exception.  The great part about this though, was that not only did Kevin Rogers pipe up the three magic words, but he then provided me with a great reference photo.  It caught my eye immediately — not only an adorable shot of his little girl, but abounding with contrast, light and texture.

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So here she is, in acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas, 9×12″.  I am trying to recall if I’ve ever done an acrylic painting of a human person.  This may be my first.

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About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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