Out of the past............

MrJoop

Ramsgate, Australia

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………the main subject of what seems to be the second-most popular of the paintings that I’ve done, was suddenly there, a few days ago, on Friends Reunited.
She had seen the class photo, which she and the other boys and girls (below) were in, in 1975.

So…..I was able to let her know how much I’d enjoyed doing that painting, at Hazelhurst, for the Inspired by Rembrandt Competition.
In a somewhat minor ironic twist of fate, I’d painted two (Rembrandt) boys behind her.
People who have looked at the painting have regularly asked: Why was she crying?
I always explained that she was sitting beside me, in the playground and perhaps the boys had been teasing her but she was not crying.

Just now when I went to look for photos that she was in, I realised 33 years too late, that the boy, sitting in front of her was being a little bit naughty, looking as innocent as possible while leaning back into her and also being cheeky to the girl in front of him.

NOW I noticed it. Cannot tell him to stop it now! I was absorbed taking the pictures and the school photographer was getting her camera ready.
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I could name names, young man! But I do remember young B. as a good-humoured, mature, young lad. A really nice kid!
Cheeky:

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