San Luis Obispo I Madonnari Festival, September 2013
Ever wondered who keeps the monsters at bay when you fall asleep? Fear not! The brave Sir Theodore, Knight of the Comfy Chair is always there to slay the Scaawy Monsters! This year we asked two of our favorite models, Miss Giana and Teddy, to act out this scene of courage for us.
The finished painting.
Sir Theodore, Knight of the Comfy Chair takes shape on the streets of San Luis Obispo.
Time to sharpen up that blade.
The innocence of the sleeping Miss Gianna. (It will come as no surprise to those of you that know the beautiful Miss Giana that the hardest part of the photo shoot was getting her to pretend to be asleep. Full speed is her preferred mode.)
Sir Theodore is now on guard.
In order to get these images to "stand up" in a three-dimensional way we must introduce distortion into the image. The cute little sofa cushion looks more like a huge tortilla chip from the top angle.
While Cheryl worked on the big monster this little girl assisted Sir Theodore.
Two brave knights working together! The monster evaporates in fear.
I asked this little boy (2.5 years old?) if he wanted to "fight the monster." He shyly nodded yes and took the sword. I loved the pure innocence--he didn't know the proper way to hold a sword. Giggling, I showed the photo to his mom. She thought about it for a moment, laughed and said "oh, we're Christians!"
Sir Theodore prepares to dispatch the big blue monster. Cheryl tells Wayne to stop acting like a monster. Or else.
Sir Theodore. This image shows just how bad the paving is. Chalking on this section of Monterey Street is like drawing on gravel. Much of the paving aggregate is granite or quartz and won't take the chalk.
The little purple monster under the chair just wants to play with the ball.
Miss Gianna sleeps.
The big blue silly monster. All fangs, claws and horns. He's no match for Sir Theodore of the Comfy Chair and he knows it.
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