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In a Mall Far Far Away
oh Stephen- thanks for the huge laugh- I visualized the "mallsters" standing around watching you paint Yoda and had to chuckle!! I have not seen anyone in a mall painting ever- watching you paint Yoda would have been a treat! And what is Blog Reader? I hate it when the techies decide to change things.
By: Kathe W. on June 30, 2013
Glad you are now accessible on my blog link. I also will be spending time on that scavenger hunt...maybe. Wish I could see that painting and I am impressed that someone would pay $100 for a painting for a kid!
By: Tabor on June 30, 2013
What a great post. Well you delivered. I can't remember the last time I've see an art show in the mall. Don't' go to the mall much anymore. Have a fabulous day. :)
By: Comedy Plus on June 30, 2013
I can't imagine you not selling your work. I love everything you ever put on your posts. As for the readers. I have really been enjoying Freedly. One click imports all of the Google reader and there are a number of choices how you can sort your blog reading list. For convenience, I put a shortcut icon on my desktop so I can click on it to see what blogs I haven't read.
By: Cheryl P. on June 30, 2013
i detest malls so can't say i've seen an art show in one. :) i use feedly.com.
By: TexWisGirl on June 30, 2013
You have the skills of an artist and the savvy of a salesperson. Good for you!
By: Daniel LaFrance on June 30, 2013
Good grief, I can't remember when I last saw a painting at one of our local malls, in fact, it would probably be about the time you mentioned, early 80's, at least. But good for you, and I hope the kid was happy with his original Yoda! Cat
By: Cat on June 30, 2013
I don't remember art shows in our malls, but we had occasional street fairs and there were painters there. I bet your pic made some kid really happy. I'll try to remember to put a link to my blog from now on. :-) http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
By: Lexa Cain on June 30, 2013
How nice that were able to do this for the kid's mother! I can't recall ever having seen an art show at a mall. I'm another one who doesn't quite understand this Google Reader thing. I have all the blogs I like to read bookmarked in my browser's "My Favorites." I like what Lexa Cain is doing - that's one thing I miss on your new site, the ability to click through to the commentator's blog. http://my-couch-corner.blogspot.com/
By: Pixel Peeper on June 30, 2013
I don't know what to do about the blog reader thingy. I'm at a loss.Some people said it was going away this weekend. If I have a problem, I'll ask Elisa. She knows all. I used to see arts and crafts shows at mall, but I don't know if anyone still has them. I avoid malls like I'll avoid hell when I die. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on June 30, 2013
Good to know that you can ... paint on your feet. Don't recall any mall art shows; but last nite we went to dinner at a restaurant that was featuring/selling a local artist's work. Not the first time I've seen that either.,
By: tom sightings on June 30, 2013
Aww, what a wonderful uplifting story and hey! there's a moral in there - where there's a will there's certainly a way. I can tell you as someone who absolutely cannot paint, if people could recognise what you were creating, then I don't think you need to cringe about it! Living in the UK, I don't every remember artists painting in our equivalent of malls: shopping centres but I do still see the odd artist busking in our local town and they're generally amazing. There's a sand artist who comes from time to time (3d dogs are his speciality and they could be the real thing) and one of those artists who does the surreal perspective paintings such as the well you feel you could step (or fall!) into. I am in total awe of such talent. Great post, thanks for making me smile.
By: Jackie Buxton on June 30, 2013
Great story! I'm not surprised you were one of the successful ones that day. Or any day since. What's this about not being able to find my friends? I missed that memo. Are you talking about that list I have on the right of my page? Yikes....what were they thinking?
By: Scott Park on June 30, 2013
Yoda is my favorite character in Star Wars, too! Your rendering must have been much better than you think if she offered you $100 for it in 1980 at the mall. Awesome!! :)
By: Rita McGregor on June 30, 2013
She spent a hundred bucks on a ten year olds birthday present back in 1980? Jeez, she must have been flush with cash!
By: Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous on June 30, 2013
Congratulations, it shows your talent!
By: mimi on June 30, 2013
Within one hour and without a picture to look at? That's hard to believe. You're exceptionally talented, Stephen. xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on June 30, 2013
A feel good story where the good guy wins.
By: Red on June 30, 2013
I'd love to see how your Yoda painting turned out. Clearly you should have done a whole line of Star Wars paintings.
By: PT Dilloway on June 30, 2013
Oh you're a clever one.. and talented. Cool that you were able to keep your promise and sell a painting, to boot.
By: Hilary on June 30, 2013
The force was definitely with you that day
By: John on July 1, 2013
I remember when a lot of stores in the mall weren't opened on Sundays. But then, there weren't a whole lot of malls back then, either.
By: Skip on July 1, 2013
Ah, the olden days when we didn't have the Internet always within reach. Good for you, using your imagination to make an image that worked.
By: Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma on July 1, 2013
Wow! Maybe you should have looked into a part-time job as a police portrait artist.
By: Val on July 1, 2013
That painting probably wasn't as bad as you remember and you made that woman's day.
By: Madeleine McLaughlin on July 2, 2013
I'm sure the young boy loved your painting, Stephen. The late Stanley Marcus, whom I exchanged letters with for years in Dallas would have been amazed by this story too!
By: Michael Manning on July 2, 2013
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