Photo Challenge: When I Paint My Masterpiece

Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble,
ancient footprints are everywhere.
You could almost think that you’re seeing double,
On the cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs.
Gotta hurry on back to my hotel room,
Where I got me a date with Botticelli’s niece.
She promised she’d be there with me,
When I paint my masterpiece
Robert Zimmerman


Every Sunday morning he would position himself on the green opposite Wargrave Church and adopt the pose of a classic painter working on his masterpiece.  As the congregation emerged feeling suitably benevolent, ladies of a certain age would make a beeline for this creative old rogue; he seemed to be doing a roaring trade:


Masterpiece(click on the images to enlarge)


  1. Cate Franklyn · July 28, 2013

    Luv, luv, luv these shots!

  2. CatherineTs · July 28, 2013

    This made me smile!

    • northumbrianlight · July 28, 2013

      Excellent, mission accomplished 🙂 I am not sure the old rogue actually painted anything 🙂

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  4. Brian Hughes · July 28, 2013

    Great painting. Great beard!

  5. LaVagabonde · July 28, 2013

    Easel + paintbrush + serious expression = lady magnet. 😉

    • northumbrianlight · July 28, 2013

      It would certainly seem that way……now, where did I put my easel 🙂

  6. Madelaine · July 28, 2013

    Beautifully done!

  7. Pestle & Mortar · July 28, 2013

    These are such beautiful shots! Love them!

  8. greenmackenzie · July 28, 2013

    Wonderful shots of the creative process unfolding. I love the twinkle of pleasure in his eye 🙂

  9. ilargia64 · July 29, 2013

    So nice!!! I love the light and contrast you got in the first pic…And I like very much the expression you catched on the second one….He is happy and concéntrate!!!

    • northumbrianlight · July 29, 2013

      Many thanks – I was tempted to up the contrast and turn that first one into a pure silhouette, he certainly has the profile for it. Thanks for stopping by and glad you liked them.

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  11. Mary Gilmartin · July 30, 2013

    Great memorable photographs and I like the expression on the painter’s face. I wonder who got his masterpiece of the church…

  12. bentehaarstad · August 1, 2013

    Very good pictures of this painter.

  13. joshi daniel · August 1, 2013

    got a great feeling 🙂

  14. Graham Stephen · August 4, 2013

    The top shot is a masterpiece 🙂 Cool exposure.

    • northumbrianlight · August 4, 2013

      Many thanks Graham – “she promised she’d be there with me, when I snapped my masterpiece” 🙂

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