Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wee Scottish Man

Back in May when I attended LDS Storymakers writer's conference I had the privilege to speak with Anne Perry. She examined my portfolio and loved my artwork. BUT, she thought I needed a challenge. She wanted to see older people. People with character.
So a couple weeks ago when I was cheerfully touring Sterling Castle in Scotland, I nearly ran into a group of people (my attention was directed through my camera lens). I looked up just in time to see a wee old man with a nice looking face. As my legs were continuing forward I had several thoughts run through my mind. The conversation with Anne Perry was my first thought. Then I took another look at the man and thought, "Hey, he has wrinkles and he's got plenty of character" then I thought about asking him if I could take his picture, then I thought, "AH! No way! That's scary to have to ask someone!"
Then I thought, "What's the worst that could happen... he'd say no?"
With a stop and a hop I turned to ask him if I could take a picture so I could draw him.
His first reaction was surprise, then embarrassment, then shyly he agreed.
When I was taking his picture, I could almost read his mind through the look in his eyes.
"Why would this silly American want to take my picture?"

Wee Scottish Man

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1 comment:

Tristi Pinkston said...

Holy cow, that's breathtaking.

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