Speaking of having a good time, having walked back down Main Street to near where my car was parked I was sizing up the bar across the street from where I was standing. A guy was walking along the sidewalk and must have noticed me contemplating the bar. He passed me and then stopped and turned back to say hello and I then remembered seeing him at the Quick Draw judging that past Sunday. I admit now that I couldn't remember which piece was his although I said that I thought I did. It's hard to put names with faces AND paintings, at least for me. We were both scanning around us for that perfect composition as we spoke. We both mused that it was still a little too light out. Some of the painters had already began laying in their underpainting. We could see a few of them up and down Main Street. Personally, I wasn't in any kind of hurry. So, in search of a little bit of inspiration while the light outside dimmed, we headed to the object of my aforementioned gaze to drain a couple pints.
We sat towards the back of the dark bar. Ronaldo Dorado and I exchanged social networking info and talked about the wacky world of folks that like to paint outside. It was really great to connect with someone that shares similar sentiments and interests. He likes to do it because it's fun and so do I. It was such a nice exchange and definitely helped to calm my nerves. Fortified with a little alcohol in the bloodstream, we high-fived, wished each other good-luck, and set off on our separate ways.
I headed back across the street to see how the light had changed now that the sun had dipped behind the State House. Wow, I was glad that I hadn't started sooner because the bar that we were just drinking in that had the pretty flower boxes and flags jutting from second floor windows was in almost total darkness save for a couple of jarring neon signs in the lower windows. My eyes drifted next door to what looked to be some kind of greasy-spoon diner. The more I looked at it the more I fell in love. It was about 8:15 or so and there was still twilight in the sky. I set up in the alcove of a store that was closed and arrived at my composition pretty quickly.