The painting above, based on Winston's 2008 Halloween costume, is the work of ANTM Cycle 12 contestant Allison. I kinda got the feeling she was reading my stuff (via another ANTM girl, which...yeah, fraternizing with the talent is potentially problematic), so in my recap of the recap, I not-so-gently hinted that I wanted the sketch of a bloody-nosed Tyra that she did. Weirdly, the following week, she emailed me just to say hey, and I was all, "AHEM! I saaaaaaid I wanted that sketch." She gave it away to someone on the set, but she promised to make something else for me. I suggested something Winston-oriented (I wanted to experience the space dust of worlds colliding), and lo and behold a few weeks later, this is what she has come up with.
I probably don't need to say that I love it so, but I do. This is the single best material thing that has come out of my work on the Internet. My favorite thing about it is how utterly bizarre it would look to someone who hasn't seen Winston: a painting of a smoosh-faced cat wearing a hat and wig and stole and dress, as inspired by E.T.'s Halloween costume. What a wonderful thing!
No, sorry, that's my second favorite thing about it. My favorite thing about it is that Allison painted it!
There's a lot more of her creativity on her Flickr. To paraphrase the hushed words of Little Edie Beale, when you consider what's going on today, and then you compare Allison, she's very gifted. She really is. She's very gifted.