Blood was fond of paying for services in sculpture. He offered his models their choice of being paid cash or in sculpture and most chose the latter (if they posed for eight artworks, they got to keep one). His son Peter was amused by his father’s preference for bartering over cash. He recalls a time when his father had the entire house rewired by an electrician who was happy to be paid in sculpture. Before finishing, Blood allowed the man his choice of several moderately sized sculptures. Peter recalls, “The electrician chose an abstract piece that was the lower half of an abstract human figure. Being a smart-aleck teenager, I joked that he’d get the top half when he finished the job. Dad retold that story many times.”

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