San Carlos Art and Wine Faire, October 2008
We returned to San Carlos for our third year in our nephew's home town, and this time we did a painting featuring him. The painting was designed so that people could pose with the painting and look like they were playing checkers with Nolan.
Because of a conflict, this was set to be Wayne's debut as a solo artist (Cheryl was at a gardening conference, but was able to join the fun for a bit on Sunday). Wayne came up with the concept and did almost all of the preparation for the painting. Nolan was able to help work on the painting on Saturday, and he enjoyed posing with it on Sunday, too.
While the weather stayed sunny (unlike the weekend before), there was a fierce wind blowing all weekend, which brought its own challenges--chalk didn't tend to stick very well, for instance. And all of the painted shapes had a ghostly color shadow on the leeward side from the blown chalk.
Wayne started by painting Nolan's face.
The view from above shows how we stretched the photo to make it pop up off the pavement when viewed from the painting's base.
Work begun on Nolan's red shirt.
Nolan helped Wayne lay out the checkerboard.
By noon on Saturday, Nolan and Wayne had finished the white squares.
Wayne painted the rest of Nolan's clothes and his left arm next.
Then he painted Nolan's right arm and his legs.
Nolan returned to help Wayne with the checkers and the black squares.
End of the day on Saturday; Nolan plays himself.
Wayne tries to play Nolan, but discovers that the scale is wrong from his position--he looks too big!
Sunday morning: Cheryl touches up Nolan's face.
Some kids have teddy bears; Nolan the sports nut has a stuffed football. Wayne works on painting it.
Cheryl paints the rug behind the jumped checkers.
Wayne paints the rug.
Closeup of Nolan's head.
Just about finished; Wayne adds the title: Your Move.
Nolan got to wear Cheryl's hat when she left.
View down the painting from the top.
The painting from the side.
Nolan poses with the finished painting.
Nolan plays himself once again.
Wayne plays Nolan.
Nolan's grandfather Dick (Wayne's dad) plays Nolan.
Cheryl's mom Lois plays Nolan.
Wayne and Nolan pose with the completed painting.
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