Trouble Down South Art Challenge
Painting No. 19
Winston’s Gold Fusee Pocket Watch
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 Bootlegger Haze (Book One–The Saga). Read an excerpt.
On one occasion Buford Tee, curious about Winston’s pocket watch dangling from his coat pocket, picked it up while Marie Claire and Winston lay in bed in the next room. He examined the pocket watch and case, an eighteen-carat-gold English Fussee with swing-out movement and a key for winding and changing time. But then he dropped it, causing the faceplate to detach from the base. He was paralyzed with fear, having seen the wrath of Winston’s anger yielded at his mama so many times. He wanted to kick it out the window, as far away as it could go, taking him and his mama with it, away from Winston, away from his violent temper, but he decided instead to hide it under the chair, hoping Winston wouldn’t remember he had brought it with him—he always carried it on his person, and he would remember he had brought it with him.
Buford Tee went to his room and waited. And prayed. When Winston prepared to leave, he realized his watch was missing and accused Marie Claire of stealing it, believing she was taking his possessions and especially money from his wallet while he slept. She tried to convince him it was untrue, but he would hear none of it, slapping her to the floor and threatening to behead her if she ever stole from him again. As she struggled to pull herself up, she noticed the watch beneath the chair. Marie Claire knew what had happened to the watch, knowing how curious her son was about shiny objects, but figured it was no use explaining that to Winston. She would use her earnings from Madame Gypsy’s to buy another pocket watch for Winston. But she knew she couldn’t go on like that, her life in jeopardy as well as her son’s.
Prints are available for purchase of the painting “Winston’s Gold Fusee Pocket Watch.” 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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