Friday, May 25, 2012

Painting #7 - Baseball
7" x 5"
Oil on canvasboard
Purchased by Matt Campbell

Up until last year, Portland had a minor league baseball team, the Portland Beavers, that played in the middle of downtown. It was a charming, throwback brick stadium, complete with a human-operated scoreboard. You could see the guy scurrying around like a Keebler Elf, changing the green tiles that denoted runs, balls, strikes, etc. We left a game early one afternoon, and in the course of walking back to the car, passed behind the scoreboard. It was between innings, so the guy had a second to catch his breath. We smiled and waved as we walked by and he told us to wait for a moment. He came back with a home run ball that had landed somewhere near the scoreboard at some point. With a smile, he tossed it over the fence to us. It wasn't a foul ball or home run ball caught in the heat of the moment, but to Sean it was close enough.

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