As a followup to the story of Don José, I’d like to present the much shorter and far less meddlesome tale of Carmen.
After the very successful purchase of Don José at a rummage sale, I was drawn to return to the same sale a year later. Lo and behold, there was a new painting with the same frame as Don José. As I got closer I noticed that it was another portrait by the same artist, Barbara Weber. I immediately decided Don José must have a companion and snatched Carmen up for the same price of $3.
She never ventured beyond my dorm room in college and is now safely home with Don José.