Don makes his living servicing heating and air conditioning units, but he is really a photographer at heart. He shows me his new camera. It is the most recent in a long line of cameras and coin collections that have been stolen from his house over the years, and he hopes that this one won't share the same fate. He blames the crack epidemic of the '80s and the resulting prescription drug abuses today for the rash of thefts.
Originally Don's brother was going to sit for his portrait, but then Don slipped into his seat when he stepped inside for a minute. His brother stands behind me when he returns, joking and giving his brother grief for everything under the sun. The brother used to be a security guard at a DC art gallery, but was fired for answering honestly when one of the patrons asked him his opinion of a certain artist's work. Now he plays his sax for passersby.
Thanks for stopping and helping me pass the hot morning in company, Don!
(This portrait sketch is one of a series of quick little oil paintings that I have been making in preparation for the eighth large portrait in my project AS IS. You can learn more about the project by clicking here.)