Today’s Official Prompt over on Doodlewash for #WorldWatercolorMonth for Friday is ‘Friday Night Memories’. And that got me thinking. And that got me remembering. And that made me remember a bus that I painted when I was in primary school for what was known then as the Eisteddford. The real Eisteddford is a Welsh music, song and arts competition; but the name has been used for other arts-associated competitions throughout the world. The competition I entered back in those sepia days before black and white was invented, was a cross-school competition where we all entered paintings.

I painted a fabulous red and white double-decker bus. I remember it well. I had a thing for buses. And I remember my painting of the bus hanging there, on the wall, in the competition, in one of the runner-up positions. Obviously, that meant I hadn’t won, but I was little. My painting was on the wall with other winning paintings. So I had, in my mind, won. I remember that feeling very well.

The bus I’ve painted today is a different one from that Eisteddford entry all those millennia ago. This one’s a single-decker for starters. It’s also a lot older than the bus I painted back then, so that makes this new painting one of a really old bus indeed. I tried to make it look old, but presented as new. It was fun to do. I may still revisit the double-decker I did, but for now that will have to wait for another time.

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

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  1. Great Bus!!! Well done TL….You’re cranking them out now at warp 10 🙂 I caught the license plate by the way. Nice touch. Keep on keeping on my friend…Happy weekend ahead….VK

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    1. Thanks, VK. I couldn’t resist with the number plate.

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  2. Love your old bus Tom!

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    1. I’m pleased that you do, Val. Thank you.

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  3. I’m wondering where the bus is going.

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    1. That’s a very good point, Beverly. I didn’t paint in the destination sign, did I? 😉
      It’s going anywhere and everywhere!

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  4. I love this, Tom. You are getting quite good with your watercolor endeavors.

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    1. Thanks, Eugenia.
      I just have to keep on trying.

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  5. Absolutely Fabulous Tom! AbFab indeed!
    (my reader has only just shown me that you posted this …. hours ago! But it’s now caught up with itself and it’s now telling me there are 35 new posts which I’ve missed. How kind of it. I’ll be there until Sunday catching up!)
    Have a great weekend. ~ Cobs. x

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    1. Thanks, Cobs.
      Sorry about your reader glitch. My time glitch has meant I’ve replied to about four thousand comments today… but things will be back to normal. I just know it!

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  6. Yes, it looks like a bus, the aspect ratio is good and the presentation excellent!!! 🙂

    Love the numberplate – very apt!!! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. Hi there Prenin….I do hope all is well with you this summer. All the best….VK 🙂

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      1. Hi VK! 🙂

        I’m sleeping weird hours and enjoying the peace as everyone else is asleep – I need a wash and brush-up when I get up though with the warm days!!! 🙂 ❤

        God Bless!

        Prenin.

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