I hadn't see this fellow for quite a while and today I saw him in the streets. I admit I panicked, ran home got the painting and zipped off down the streets of Banos, to the market (market day is today) to look for him.
I looked and looked and showed his painting to various vendors and they had all said he went home for the day.
So, I sadly took a taxi to go home. I really wanted to give this to him today. While I was in the taxi, I asked under my breath, to the powers that be, "please let me see the "bee man" today. Out the corner of my eye, there he was happily walking down the street with a smile on his face just as sunny as our day.
This man has been selling his honey, since we moved here. The honey has a hint of eucalyptus from the local trees. He always has good honey and bee pollen to sell, but his smiles are free. He is one of my wonderful memories of living here in Banos, Tungurahua Ecuador.
I love the hugs, smiles and kisses that I get paid doing this project. Life is good.
This painting is done with Derwent watercolor paper A4) for watercolor pencils, windsor and newton watercolor markers and black ink.