‘busted’ | acrylic on reclaimed wood 18½” x 89″ • approx. 47cm x 226cm

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For those of You who may not be familiar with brilliant Mark Twain’s ‘The Adventure’s of Tom Sawyer’; there’s a wonderful scene in the book where Tom gets in trouble for playing hooky from school. As a punishment his Aunt Polly makes him whitewash the fence. He hates the chore and decides to convince his friends that it’s a great honour and privilege to be given such a responsibility. He ends up charging them money to paint the fence for him! It’s pretty funny!

When my beautiful man brought me this fantastic piece of wood to paint….that story came to mind straightaway. This is what I imagine might have happened had Tom’s friends figured out his con and spotted him off fishing as they worked. I truly don’t remember what he did while they did his chore-apart from collecting the money and feeling pretty amazing about the whole thing; but I sent him off fishing. “Becky” is Becky Thatcher, a young beauty who captured Tom’s heart the moment he saw her and was his first kiss.

'busted!'/St. Simons Artist Katy Boyer | Blissbait Art

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    1. HEY!!!!! It’s nice to see You! How are You doing? I hope all is well. I’ve been meaning to bop by but keep forgetting when I’m actually in blogland! Thanks for stopping by! And Thank You about my painting! I’m fine. Everyone’s doing alright. Such crazy, sad times….but all is well. Sending huge hugs Your way!!! 🤗❤️😊


  1. Aaaah, this time I didn’t need an explanation. I scrolled down without reading your text and guessed the idea right away . 🙂 Of course Tom and Becky were quite telling. I read Mark Twain as a kid and I thought Tom was very clever to make his friends paint the fence. In any case, Kathy, you’re not only very talented, but you have the most interesting ideas. Love it! Oh, and the flowers and the butterfly are a nice touch. 🙂

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  2. Very wonderful painting!!! 🤩😃😃
    The adventures of Tom Sawyer is one of my favourite books!!! 🥰
    Thank you so much for sharing!!! ♥️
    I send you a very big hug full of affection!!! 😘😘😘🥰🥰🥰♥️♥️💖💖💖🌟💫🤗

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