FROM READERS: Irises for an artist

Sunday, April 29, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
John Hall shares a photo of an iris for a friend who is an artist to paint at a workshop.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

A note about why you're seeing this set of photos of irises:

"John,  I would like to use some of your iris images for resource material in a workshop I am teaching May 10 and 11. 'Freedom With Fluid Acrylics' — I don't think we will be painting photographic, but we will sure get inspiration from the colors and shapes. Thought I would run this by you for an opinion. What do you think!"

Barbara Wade is responsible for the rest of you getting this set of photos. By way of introduction, Barbara is the wife of Gale Wade, who played baseball from Conoco Park in Ponca City, Okla., to Wrigley Field in Chicago and Los Angeles. That means he played in every KOM and National League park during his years in minor league baseball, starting with Class D and going to Triple A. Barbara has to put up with a lot living with Gale. For starters, he has a great sense of humor, loves to golf and, like yours truly, favors "Scorned Woman" hot sauce. Gale and I once got into a barbecue eating contest in Columbia, consuming that wonderful condiment "Scorned Woman" hot sauce. After introducing it to him, he started ordering it by the case and sharing it with his friends. If anyone wonders why Gale has lost a lot of friends, "Scorned Woman" is probably a mitigating factor.

But, I have digressed, as is my custom. The Wades live in Florida during the winter and in Nebo, N.C., in the summer. I imagine that they are still in the Sunshine State and that is where the artists will gather to view the shapes and colors of some poor man's orchids from "Oleo Acres."

Yep, "Oleo Acres" is what I call my "ranch." It is one of the "cheaper spreads." Anyone under 40 won't understand what I'm even talking about. When I don't refer to my home location as "Oleo Acres", I refer to it as "Hall's Half Acre." Now, I know no one under 40 will get that reference unless they are bookworms. Never heard of a bookworm? I think that was superseded by the term "nerd." But what do I know since I've never been called by either term.

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