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Black Friday : Best Buy St. James

November 30, 2017

True work-from-home-guy story:

So, the other day I’m on going downtown, and I’m like – why is the train so busy?

I need some headphones. You know, another cheap set of earbuds cuz, eventually the whole yarn-ball of earbuds in the drawer is composed of ones that flicker on-off at high speed and you’re down to using the plain white one that came with your phone – the ones that feel like they’re going to fall out any second.

So I go into the Best Buy and don’t even get one step in the door.

It’s a wall of people with four registers lined up back to the escalators. I’m like – what is going on?

Then I remember oooooh, it’s Black Friday…riiiiiiight. It’s Christmas soon. Right.

180 degrees – about face – head directly out of the door – take a few steps up the block and settle in to do a sketch while ignoring three different groups of dudes trying to get TVs the size of billboards into their uncle’s double-parked SUV.



24 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2017 5:50 PM

    Loved your post – it made me chuckle. Love your sketch too! Beats standing in line at Best Buy for sure!

  2. Kathy Noble permalink
    November 30, 2017 6:06 PM

    LOVE your sketch, Marc, AND your post! Yeah, I can just picture the whole thing, from the wad of wires in the drawer to the dudes with the giant TVs. And oh, by the way, did I mention I LOVE your sketch?!

  3. zuzala permalink
    November 30, 2017 6:09 PM

    I would rather pull my nails out with burning tweezers then hit a store on BF! About face was your best defense. In any case you got a nice sketch as a result of the insanity. Would you share your amazing blue sky color pleaseeeee?

  4. Bernadette permalink
    November 30, 2017 6:21 PM

    Gorgeous sketches! This is the Best Buy of the day. Wonderful washes.

  5. November 30, 2017 6:41 PM

    Marc, I’m sue I’m not the only one who was scrolling to see the sketch of the dudes wrestling the tv into the SUV 😄

  6. Carmela Sunnyvale permalink
    November 30, 2017 6:44 PM

    Fun post, Marc–Sketching is great way to stay sane! Very evocative watercolor painting! I, too, have those original earbuds and they have yet to fail me.

  7. KathyAnne Whittemore permalink
    November 30, 2017 7:21 PM

    Love this! …both your commentary AND your sketch!!!

    As one who has worked from home since 1991 — and one who abhors the mercenary buy-buy-buy culture of this season, especially Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Cyber Week etc. etc. — I SO identify with you!

    Thanks for this post! And sending wishes for enjoying some peace during this Holiday Season! KathyAnne “The Light of the Heart is the counterpart of the Light of the Soul. The Sun is the link.” (Henry Corbin)


  8. sandra mac diarmid permalink
    November 30, 2017 7:29 PM

    I am so happy you went out, look what magic happened…..made us all smile again at your talent.. drawing is what makes the world go round.. I have no idea what that means, but i know i believe it!…

  9. November 30, 2017 8:23 PM

    Gorgeous sketch, that stormy turquioisy blue sky against the warm reddish – orangy stone building is a lovely combination (don’t know how to describe those colours)….what a result from a great escape from the store…

  10. FIONA HAYES permalink
    November 30, 2017 8:50 PM

    Oh Marc, I did have a massive chuckle at your Black Friday observations and antics. Great decision to do a sketch instead. And what a sketch!! Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  11. November 30, 2017 8:55 PM

    Gorgeous sky blue!

  12. Barbara permalink
    November 30, 2017 10:07 PM

    I did the same thing, went into Michaels to buy a tube of paint and thought “what is with this line up of people half way through the store waiting to check out?” and realized it was BF, I turned and walked out.

  13. November 30, 2017 10:31 PM

    Your painting is beautiful. I much prefer your Black Friday activity to the shopping option. We spent Black Friday exploring the Delaware Coast trying to get as far away from people and crowds and consumerism as possible.

  14. Joyce Stein permalink
    December 1, 2017 7:01 AM

    Marc, loved the painting, especially the blues. Do your part for the ‘season’. Empty and toss the contents of your snarled up drawer and order a replacement online. There! You will have accomplished two major things: cleared out some clutter and treated yourself to a trouble free shopping experience.

  15. Denise permalink
    December 1, 2017 8:26 AM

    Laughed at your story and loved your sketch! Big dissapointment to me that I am missing your workshop in Stowe this weekend! I had just bought tickets to an event when I got the post about the workshop:(. Would love another chance to see you work!

  16. Judy Sopher permalink
    December 1, 2017 10:08 AM

    Can’t add much more to this other than ditto. Your sketches/paintings are always amazing. I wouldn’t go near a store on Black Friday thoI have a sister who gets up as early as it all starts and loves the crowds. Can’t believe we are related.

  17. susan permalink
    December 1, 2017 10:53 AM

    thank you for your inspiration! rather than go spend my day in a store….i stayed home and drew and read….

  18. Jason Mullins permalink
    December 1, 2017 10:55 AM

    Sketching, for me, is definitely a time where I can go to my “Happy Little Place” and BF would have sent me there faster than anything else. Great sketch sir!

  19. December 1, 2017 2:33 PM

    Beautiful work. Is that a single sheet folded into thirds? Looks like an efficient way to work compactly in the field.

  20. Ellen Simpson permalink
    December 2, 2017 8:48 PM

    The colors are fabulous in these paintings. What color is the sky?

  21. December 3, 2017 12:02 PM

    Great sketch, and equally excellent set-up story.

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