Danville Fine Arts Faire, June 2011
Danville is a special case festival because there are only five paintings--it is primarily an art and wine festival and we're merely part of the spectacle that helps encourage repeat traffic. (The festival organizer would love to be able to work with a local education group, if any are interested in earning money by organizing sponsorships and selling kids' squares. So far no group has come forward.) Last year, the artists all decided that this year's theme would be dogs, in honor of the many pups that parade past our paintings each year. Shirley Rhoades chose dogs playing poker, Hien Nguyen painted a William Wegman photo of a wigged Weimaraner, Cece Linayao painted a dog celebrating his birthday, Alice Crittenden painted a springing springer spaniel, and we painted a pack of greyhounds as a tip of the hat to the Golden State Greyhound Adoption group that brings its dogs to the event every year.
Here's the pounced outline before we began painting. Cheryl is misting water onto the outline to set it and prevent it from blowing away in the wind.
The top half of Catie's head is painted.
As has part of Buzby's head.
The real Buzby and his owner Candy visited us.
Buzby and Buzby.
Cheryl and her sister Janet (Catie's mom).
Catie gets to help paint herself.
Cheryl, Catie and Wayne.
Big Head Catie
Wayne flirts with the kids a lot.
Catie and Wayne paint Catie's shirt while Cheryl paints Catie's arm.
Eek! A giant dog!
Catie got into the spirit of painting.
So did Cheryl.
Some of the Golden State greyhounds visited at the end of the day. None of these greyhounds were in the painting, but they didn't seem to mind.
Catie and Buzby are done.
Here's a view from the top of the square.
Our status at the end of the day on Saturday.
Lily Mae's eyes. We included three photos of Lily Mae--she was the best at posing in ways we could use, I guess. She definitely had the softest fur of any of our models. Such a sweet dog.
Cheryl painted this Lily Mae with a different coat color to differentiate it from the other two Lily Maes. The original Lily Mae is a red fawn color; the painted coat is what's called a blue coat color.
Hot enough for you?
Wayne paints the second Lily Mae--she's lying on the ground in front of Catie.
Big Head Dog and the Asphalt.
Three more dogs to go at lunchtime on Sunday. Will we make it?
Closeup of Catie.
Cheryl helps Darin (Umbrella Man) erect an umbrella while Wayne paints the third Lily Mae.
Cheryl begins work on Molly in the shade.
Molly had perked her ears up at the sight of something interesting.
Here's the real Lily Mae with her owner. We put her in the umbrella shade because the asphalt was too hot for doggie paws, and she got so comfortable she attempted to lie down...on the painting of Molly. We stopped her just in time, but she looked very confused--why couldn't she lie down in the shade with this person petting her?
Cheryl with the painting of Molly. Molly and her adopted sister Jazz (another of our models) came by Sunday morning, but we didn't get a photo with them.
Wayne takes a break in the shade.
Almost done! Claudette stops by to see (it looks more normal from her perspective).
Close up of the finished Molly painting. She had a constellation of oil spots around her head...sometimes that happens.
All done! The pack comes by to see. We decided to take one of the dogs from the painting (the aforementioned Jazz) so that we could finish in time.
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