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In 2013 I traveled to Thailand to visit a good friend. The flight was long, grueling, and my layover in a small airport had made it impossible to rest. After 20 hours of travel I finally made it to the small town that was my final destination, and where Brian had posted up at 11 am in an outdoor bar. Well at least the bar had no windows, it was open air, and looked out not onto a vast expanse of blue ocean water, but instead the bar was perched about 4 feet off the ground on a bustling side street. When my taxi let me out and I approached Brian's table it was a relief to see him prying the cap off a bottle of Thai beer. Without a word of greetings we nodded to each other and clinked our bottles in a silent "hello." Within just 2 minutes, and it may have even been just one minute, an old woman hustled by on her bicycle, one hand gripping the handle bar and the other hand balancing a giant umbrella. By the skin of my teeth I managed to catch a snapshot of it with my phone. Years later in the studio I chose to paint her as a young lady, just because I could. I hid my signature in the brand name sticker of the bike itself. I've always loved this painting, and its thick oil finger-painted texture. This is an oil finger painting on canvas, no brush was used to create the work. It is on a gallery wrapped canvas and the painting continues around the sides. The work comes ready to hang.
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