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Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, even a guy like me can fake minor artistic talent online. A few clicks and I can transform a regular photo into something a bit more artsy.
A photo filter did the work for me in making Eko look like he’s in a comic book
In just a few clicks I can easily make this knock-off pop art
And about five minutes was all it took to have Eko popping out of this photo
Thankfully, life is always there to hand you a big old slice of humble pie just when you need it. Last Saturday I went to a group painting class with Emily. The helpful instructor informed us that we would paint a still life of a forest landscape. I nodded my head as the instructor spoke, but my brain for some reason told me that I should paint the majestic African plains, richly detailed and exquisitely colored. The triumphant focus of the painting would be a lion in full stride with Eko galloping close behind.
“I have edited lots of photos, I got this!” I thought. As you have certainly guessed, I did not “get that.” It took me the better part of the week to find the courage to put my “majestic” painting on the internet, but I figured it would be a proper penance for my acrylic sins. Without further adieu:
Most days I wonder what Eko would say if he could talk, but on occasions like this I am grateful he can’t talk because I know exactly what he would say – “Even I could do better than that, and I have no thumbs!” He would be correct. Maybe I’ll bring him with me next time I decide to take a class. Until then, I’ll leave the art to the artists and resume my duties as a knucklehead – which based on the above painting, I never really stopped performing in the first place!