I Painted the Retired Military Man at Epoch Coffee

He was only there for fifteen minutes

He was only there for fifteen minutes

I thought that I was going to have a nice, long time to paint this man, but he got a phone call, and left shortly afterwards. He was dressed in civilian clothes with a cowboy belt, but the look was definitely influenced by many years in miitary. He had on chinos, khaki double flap pocket shirt, and brand new sueded, desert boots. He might have put some off in such a bohemian setting as Epoch, but I was very happy to see him. After all, my father-in-law was a Lt. Colonel in WWII, and I absolutely love him.

I caught a bit of conversation with the baristra – he asked Ben if he had seen the movie, “Grand Torino”. Then, when he sat down with his laptop, his cell phone rang within minutes. The conversation involved the borrowing of this man’s boat. He packed up and left abruptedly, called to duty by someone wanting to use his boat.


  1. severnyproductions
    Posted September 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    interesting story and good painting considering you didn’t have long

    • Posted September 9, 2009 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      I just went over to your blog to see what you’re up to, and my! You are certainly multi-talented – food, music, photography, poetry, and art.
      I really liked the painting entitled “The Pub”. You obviously have a passion for all things creative. I’m glad to know about you.

      Thank you,


  2. Frances
    Posted September 14, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Hi L! I saw that you were noted in the Republic of TX’ top sites…wondered what you’d be up to…obviously lots and lots. See you soon — Cafe M on West Lynn?

  3. Posted January 20, 2010 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    How do you do it? You’ve really managed to capture this man’s military bearing …

  4. Posted March 8, 2010 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    lavanna.cm, how do you do it?

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