Before our last game against the Portland Timbers, I was challenged to a creative wager of sorts. The artist whose team won would get to pick a player for the other artist to paint.
The game’s result of a draw felt like a win with Dempsey scoring in the final moments, stealing a precious road point for the Sounders. In that moment, I’ll admit that I too was relieved that I wouldn’t be the only one painting my opponent.
I of course chose our hero of the day, Clint Dempsey, for artist Nicole Scragg to paint. She responded with an incredible piece.
Finished & available in my store. All proceeds will be donated to @107ist. #RCTID please don't hate me https://t.co/ikMt0eNEVZ pic.twitter.com/dUgwk2bwW7— Nicole Scragg (@nms_art) July 2, 2017
That no one has purchased it yet* is mind-blowing to me, regardless of the donation plan. It’s a gorgeous piece of art.
To my delight, she chose the goal scorer for the Timbers on the day, Dairon Asprilla. My style, as you know, is a bit more casual. I couldn’t help putting him on a yacht of sorts.
Remember my wager with @nms_art? She settled her side since we drew, and here's mine! It's called, "Asprilla. He's on a Boat." #PORvSEA pic.twitter.com/ruoU6AIHwb— MLS Watercolorist ⭐ (@MLSwatercolors) July 5, 2017
And yes, that’s Timber Joey trying to watch out for icebergs.
*Update: the Dempsey piece sold about an hour after publishing this article.