Things to do in Washington DC: March Active Rain Challenge Book Smart,I read books but not on art...

March Active Rain Challenge Book Smart,I read books but not on art...

March Active Rain Challenge Book Smart,I read books but not on art...


First thing that comes to mind while writing this blog for this challenge is a Speechless Sunday-Ganesha-The Elephant God post that I did about maybe 7 and a half years ago when I took a art course at UDC. Though it is not a painting,it is a picture of an sculpture that I took while I was at an Art Museum in Washington DC. Haven't visited some art museums in a while come think of it. Maybe I need to make this a new hobby.



Anyway when I see paintings like this,I always ask myself 'What was the artist muse?"Something,someone or even a thought could've inspired him to paint this painting. Was he doing research on a particular topic and he got frustrated that he couldn't find what he was looking for so he decided to put the books on his head?




Did he get the bags under his eyes from hours upon hours of reading? Was it while he at a bar,he saw a very beautiful woman and wanted to look cool by putting a cigar in his mouth? That could also be a painting behind him. He looks like he is either a fashion designer or just someone who knows how to put a good outfit together. I wonder what other kind of paintings Paul Freed have painted in this past. 




From Paul Julien Freed Twitter page- he is New York and New England based. He is also a Raconteur. Raconteur? Honestly speaking I don't even know what that means. I know what an auteur is.  One thing I can also say is that I learned about a new painter today who I will also do more research on to find out more about his work as a painter.



Thank you very much  for coming up with this challenge.



March Active Rain Challenge Book Smart,I read books but not on art...

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Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan  Very down to earth  concept and entry to Endre Barath, Jr.  contest 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 1 year ago

Hello Lanre - learning is definitely good and it certainly seemed that this experience led you in that direction.  I'd call that successful.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 1 year ago

He certainly could have been trying to look cool with that cigar! 

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 1 year ago

Hi Lanre - our paths haven't crossed here on Active Rain for quite a while - I'm glad you joined in this challenge. I'm loving reading the various "takes" on this piece of art.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 1 year ago

Nice interpretation, Mr. Folayan! 

Posted by John Henry, Florida Architect, Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design (John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.) over 1 year ago

Hi Lanre, your post made me go back and look at the painting again. It seems I have the same hobby as you, when it comes to phone, pictures and art museums.

Posted by Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work! (HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353) over 1 year ago

I love that you participated, Lanre! So good to see you here and love your interpretation too!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 1 year ago

This was a funny contest with some very interesting results.  Good for you for taking the challenge!  I couldn't do it.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 1 year ago