Street Smart Art

It’s a compelling pitch. Your portrait, drawn in about a minute.

The suggested cost is a mere dollar.

This fellow’s art business is conducted on the St. Ann Street sidewalk in New Orleans. It’s just steps away from Cafe Du Monde, where a dollar won’t get you anything.

I waited my turn. Owing to the off-season and the lousy weather, it didn’t take too long before I was up.

If you’re wondering if the result was worth the money, I can say that it certainly was. Of course, only a philistine would pay just a dollar. Etiquette dictates that the artist who is currently flush should always pick up the tab. By extension, I was obliged to pay a premium over the rack rate.

After the transaction, we had a nice chat. I learned that he was classicly trained, though art school didn’t teach him how to make a living as an artist. Obviously, he figured that out on his own.

His street smarts and his skills with a pen will keep him drawing for as long as he chooses.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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