Trouble Down South Art Challenge
Painting No. 16
Winston’s Gray Felt Derby Hat–1895
My next paintings will deal with characters and scenes from my Bootlegger Haze (Books One and Two) for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta. Winston Byron is a character from my novels Bootlegger Haze (Books One and Two). He is involved in an extra-marital affair with Marie Claire Jefferson. It is not a relationship that ends well for her. Read more below.
That afternoon, after leaving her son with her papa, Marie Claire arrived back in New Orleans, now regretting that she had left without telling her papa goodbye. She knew he would be wondering what was going on with her, but she wasn’t ready to face him, nor the truth. She had ruined her life, and now she was going to ruin her son’s life. She saw no recourse but to leave him with someone who could do better for him than she had. Someone who would love him as much as she did. August was that person. She had believed that Winston would be that person, but he disappointed her so.
She walked from the train depot to her boarding room in a fog, not sure if she had made the right decision to leave her son. She worried that he would never understand why, that he would always believe his mama didn’t love him. He would hate her. Tears streamed down her face as she pulled out her key to unlock the door, a pennant-shaped streak of sunlight splitting the dimness of the room. She entered and set her bag down on the floor, noticing a gray, felt derby hat on the wooden pine table and a walking stick propped up against the Queen Anne chair, broken from the brawl between her and Winston a couple of days earlier.
Before she could take a second step, a pair of hands gripped her neck from behind, pulling her body into his and squeezing tightly, Marie Claire struggling to grasp his arms but unable to sustain a grip. The man’s hands tightened even more and lifted her off the floor, her breath escaping from her, her eyes bulging from the pressure and forcing tears from them, her face reddening and then growing pale, then blue, her hands falling limp, her body giving way to death.
The man continued to squeeze tightly until he was sure he had expunged all life from her body, allowing her corpse to fall to the floor. He picked up his gray, felt derby hat and walking cane and opened the door.
Taking one last look back, he said under his breath, “Whore,” and exited the room, closing the door behind him.
Prints are available for purchase of the painting “Winston’s Gray Felt Derby Hat–1895.” Prints are available in sizes 8 x 10, 11 x 14, and 16 x 20 inches (unframed). Email Katrina Williams at stepartdesigns at hotmail dot com for prices.
Check out the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta–http://www.lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/.
I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories. View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.
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