I arrived at the venue spot (my tent) about 9:40 AM and unloaded the van and set up the studio area and the display area. It was chilly and overcast and the breeze was not as strong as yesterday. At times the breeze did gust, but over all a better day than on Saturday.
The morning started out busy and continued at a brisk pace all day. A man and his college aged daughter came along right away before I even got totally set up. He wanted a pastel of her to put in the windows and they waited until I got all of my pastels set out and I put out my portfolio and portrait literature in the display area. We got the light adjusted and started right away. The piece went well. He watched it being created and was very complimentary as it progressed. The woman informed me that she had to be at her job in about an hour and a half so I really only got about 45 minutes to work on the pastel. I took a couple of photos and they were on there way. I will finish the piece from the photos.
After that I was able to work on a charcoal drawings I had started on Friday. I completed the one of the 13 year old black girl. I matted it and hung it on the display wall in my tent.
I decided to go to the food court at the BOB to get lunch because I heard that there were several food trucks there. I thought it might be quick and reasonably priced. I saw a place with barbeque but the line was very long. A young young woman mentioned that there was no line at the pizza place so I got a couple of pieces of pizza and a coke for nearly $10 and went back to my tent.
After I had lunch an older couple came by. The man wanted his companion to have charcoal done so we proceeded. Margaret was a very attractive, middle aged woman with lots of bond hair. The piece went well and the man watched me create it. We had a lot of fun and it was soon finished. He wanted me to photograph her so that he might have a pastel or oil done in the near future. He paid me $50 for the $40 portrait and will pick it up after ArtPrize.
A party of three, a couple and their young son, came along soon after who all wanted a charcoal done. I was about to get some paper on my drawing board when got a phone call from a friend. I asked them to please excuse me while I answered it. The call was a short one and I proceeded to my storage area to get the paper and when I returned the three of them were gone with no explanation. But standing there in their place was a 6ft. 5 inch guy and a 5 ft. 2 inch girl. She introduced herself as Rose. Rose is the unofficial adopted daughter of Pete and Patty, my hosts. She and her boyfriend had just arrived at ArtPrize and saw my tent the first thing. They rushed off to see ArtPrize, Rose promised to model for a portrait soon, maybe back at the parents place.
Soon after that, a young couple came along and he wanted her to have a charcoal done for the windows. Caroline was a blond sophomore in high school with a pretty smile and dimples and he was a very young looking college student studying history education. He liked the portrait and they were soon on their way.
Then I had a some phone calls, one to my daughter, Shelley and one from Carol. I also got a call from a Rick who made an appointment for a charcoal portrait of his wife and himself for 12:30 PM tomorrow and from a guy who wants a pastel of his nine year old daughter for a Christmas gift. He plans to bring her by on Thursday.
Then I loaded up and left the venue about 8:30 PM. I stopped at Meijer on the way to Jenison to get some Velcro and some food items for lunch tomorrow.