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Le Petit Brute (Sketch)

Le Petit Brute

At certain restaurants in Madagascar when you receive the menu you will also receive a small piece of paper and a pen. You write down your order on the paper and hand it to your server. The second fanciest restaurant in my neighborhood is such a place.

I’m in the habit of giving a tiny piece of art with my order — which I draw as small as possible in the corner of the paper provided. (I don’t sign these pieces. I don’t want to buy the restaurant, as Picasso is supposed to have said.)

Sajobe Restaurant
There’s a pretty big fanciness gap between the fanciest and the second fanciest restaurant.

This week I was at the restaurant with Pizza Girl. She asked me to show her how to draw what I had just sketched. I drew it again, step-by-step, on my phone. She followed along on paper and a blue marker.

It was something of a catharsis for her. She’d been the target of a mean kid at school recently. We joked that this petit brute (little bully) was her school tormentor.

Art class with ice cream

We were both very pleased with the results.

Incidentally: The fanciest restaurant in my neighborhood indisputably is Chez Maxime, a white-tablecloth kind of place where I rarely go.

3 comments

  1. Jolene Reply
    April 18, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Where is pizza girl now?

    • Ted Reply
      April 18, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      Probably at my house being cute.

  2. Daphne Williams Reply
    April 18, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Dear Ted,
    This gladdens my heart.
    Greetings from half-way around the world – Daphne

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