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Portrait of Dave-4


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During Dave’s life, he cycled through a vast majority of the spectrum of baseball: he played, he coached and he umped both baseball and softball. At the time that we met, he was only umping softball.

Dave had stopped being an Umpire for baseball because, “baseball got to be so long and it took longer and longer and longer.” The last baseball game he umped involved the San Diego Padres spring training game against Team Canada and it took about three and a half hours. After that he said, “I’m never going to do this again. And that was the last game of baseball I ever did.”

Dave thought the World Series of 2017 was great, “I was kind of hoping that Houston would win.” But he wasn’t a fan for any particular team, “I grew up in a minor league club, so it was a lot of fun when I was growing up to see all these guys go to the majors, but I don’t really have a team.”

Dave was originally from Rochester, New York, USA. He found himself in California after serving as a missionary in Arizona, then moved to California to join his parents. 

Rochester was famous for the Eastman-Kodak company, the one that made wonderful film, like Kodachrome. He worked there as a machinist and a tool and die maker. I decided to stylize his portrait to look like an old 1960’/1970’s Kodacolor film, to honor his roots.

Not only did Dave work for Eastman-Kodak, but he also played fastpitch softball for the Eastman -Kodak corporate team.

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21-U by Melody

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So many “days”! Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday…

 

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Portrait of David


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David was from Northern India and had lived in the United States since 1987. He was a postmaster for United States Postal Service in the Palmdale, California, USA office and had been working for the Postal Service since 1990. He really liked his job. When he worked, he didn’t wear a turban.

David was a Sikh who wholeheartedly believed in his peaceful religion, “I believe that whatever you do, that’s what you get back and that’s why you have to be good to other people and always do good things.”

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21-T by Arnoldo

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So much to be thankful for…

 

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Portrait of Sister Mary Veronica


Sister Mary Veronica was stationed at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Rosamond, California, USA. The Rosamond, California parish needed nuns for their school, specifically for a homeschool Co-op program.

Sister Mary Veronica came with another nun to Rosamond. She was sent from Poor Clare Nuns of Spokane in Spokane Washington. They sent out nuns to Mission schools; there were five Mission schools in the United States.

Sister Mary Veronica was very proud of her new Church because it was a rebuilt Masonic temple that had a beautiful statue of “Our Lady” in front of the altar and she posed an invitation, “all are welcome to come inside.”

An organ was brought to the church and a choir was assembled. The choir sang mostly church hymns and Gregorian chants. Mary Sister Mary Veronica sang Alto in the choir. The choir was made up mostly of children, teenagers and young adults. When the choir sings chants, of course they sang in one voice.

Sister Mary Veronica was originally from San Antonio, Texas. She came to Spokane, Washington from San Antonio, Texas.

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21-S by Beverly

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But they keep on falling from the trees!!

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Portrait of Rafael


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Rafael was a meticulous gardener who was very proud of his work. After he completed his work, he would go to the local dump and get rid of each shred of debris that he cut down. He also swept the yard and driveway and used a leaf blower to clear the entire area. There was absolutely nothing that he did wrong. He was just the most amazing tree trimmer, tree climber and gardener I met.

Rafael invested much of his profits into high quality equipment, a truck, and a trailer. All this was essential for him to complete his exceptional work. He not only trimmed trees, but he was skilled at climbing palm trees.

In this portrait, as Rafael trims a bush; you can see a stick falling.

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21-R by Melody

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Don’t forget to change your smoke detector batteries!!p>

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Portrait of Quiddy


I was wondering what I could possibly put up for Q for this week’s Wordless Wednesday, since everything I post this year is a portrait, I would need either a person who had a name starting with Q or participated in an occupation starting with Q.

I was at Walmart, taking pictures of the actual Walmart store-front, for another project, when I saw a young woman playing guitar. I went over to her and asked if I could take her picture and she said, “okay.” So I did.

During the interview, I asked Quiddy for her name and she gave me her real name but then decided to give me her nickname because that’s what everyone calls her. You should have seen my face when I found out that it started with a Q.

Quiddy played guitar and sang. She explained that she practiced for stage performances by practicing in front of various stores. She called it busking.

Quiddy said that on that particular Sunday, when I met her, she and her girlfriend were busking from one Walmart to another, all around Antelope Valley, or as she called it, “ubering around from one grocery store to another.”

Quiddy had been playing guitar since she was a little kid. She played country music and blues. I asked her if she was dressed the way you see her dressed in the picture because of the cliche of The Blues Brothers and she said, “No. This is how I dress. This is how I dress everyday. This is my look. This is my existence.”

I decided to stylize this picture this way because I thought it would look good on a poster for an underground Blues Nightclub. I hope Quiddy likes it and it represents her and her music.

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21-Q by Roger

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No, seriously: BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

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Portrait of Grace


Grace was an officer for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and was stationed in Lancaster, California, USA. She had been an officer for five years at the time of our meeting and decided to become a police officer because she liked to help people.

I met her at a ceremony memorializing the death of police officer Sgt. Steve Owen. They had renamed a popular park in Lancaster in his name. Grace, other officers, some local officials and various citizens assembled to honor Sgt. Owen.

It was very sad because At the time we met, it was just after the Las Vegas shooting 2 LA County sheriff’s employees were among the wounded. But the officers were brave and came to the memorial despite the tragedy that befell our nation.

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Have fun with all those pumpkins!!

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Portrait of Donald


This, in essence, serves as a wheel chair for a dog, that is, a dog that does not have hind legs, uses this for mobility

Donald was a Veterinary Orthotics and Prosthetics Custom Brace and Artificial Limb Provider for dogs and other animals. His company’s name was kinetic paws through which he offered “Premium Hand Crafted Orthotics.”

His background was in human orthotic and prosthetic application, “I started a company providing the same type of aides and devices for animals.” This was due to his extreme passion and love for animals.

Donald worked with rehabilitation specialists and with veterinarians. The vets made sure that his devices were appropriate and that the applications would fitted properly.

Donald’s services were provided all over Southern California, hat is, he traveled all over Southern California to furnish Orthotics to different animals. However, he was headquartered in the Palmdale/Antelope Valley area and that was were he did most of his design and fabrication.

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And I’ve already eaten all the candy!!

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Portrait of Melody


Melody was two years old she liked dinosaurs, dirt and Disney princesses, especially Sofia and Elena.

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21-M by Arnoldo

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Happy birthday, baby girl!!

 

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Portrait of Sanah


Sanah was originally from Zabadani, Syria. She immigrated to the United States when she was 18 years old, so her life in Syria consisted of being a student.

Sanah first’s profession was as a floral arranger who mostly did weddings. But, as of late, she “settled on creating natural soaps and lotions at home.”

All Sanah’s products “are natural, with only the best ingredients: pure olive oil, shea butter and coconut oils.”

Sanah has “some of the best creams that you can get.” Sanah puts together personal gift packages and you can order her products online at Levant Beauty.

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21-L by Beverly

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State fair season is the greatest!!

 

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Portrait of King


King was a two years old child model who loved cars and whose favorite food was fruit.

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21-K by Roger

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Rah Rah!! Let’s Go State!!

 

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