Except for the red hair, this is pretty much a flash back moment. Yes, this illustration is flashing me back to my good old college days. I always had paint on my cheek, and all over my art smock. In my early married days we lived in a small apartment. I had a small painting space to work in, so when I was working on large paintings, I’d turn some binoculars backwards so that I could “back up” in a way and see my paintings from a distance. I’d use a small ladder to reach the top of the painting. I had a habit of turning the paintbrush backwards and scratching the top of my head with the end of it, so I would often get paint strokes on the ceiling. There were always smudges of paint on the phone and the doorknobs.
This character is an important key in the solving of the newest case for the Gumshoe Crew. I am getting so close to finishing the illustrations for the new Investigator Anne book, “Case #5 – The Grave of the Indian Princess.” I just finished illustration #84 out of about 100. Hoping to do some more tonight. (I’ve got to go out and weed my garden in the meantime though. Planting time is coming!)