I arrived at the venue spot (my tent) about 9:30 AM and unloaded the van and set up the studio area and the display area. After setting up my tent, I went inside the Griffins' offices to begin the window layout fpr my display. I cut and then taped together several pieces of 1/8” foam board to fit the widows for my display. I used pieces of the Velcro I bought to mount seven portraits on the pieces of foam core that I just fabricated to fit the windows.
When I finally got back to my tent I found Rick and Anita were waiting for me to do their portrait. They were about 1 ½ hours early for their appointment so I told them to comeback in 15 minutes while I tried to get everything organized in my ten and on my literature table. I did a charcoal of them together together on a full sheet of Canson paper to be matted to a horizontal 24” x 30”. They were a fun couple and we had a great time while I worked.
A short time after they left, a couple of women who happened by, decided to have their portraits done together on the the same sheet of paper. They had been friends since elementary school or maybe even before that. They said they wanted to be smiling in the picture, I told them only if they could hold it for half an hour. They both insisted they could. So I said I would try. They were delightful to draw and converse with, but they talked between each other the whole time so the smiles were not always there. They seemed happy with the results and I took a photo so the drawing was relatively successful and they said they wanted to purchase it.
When things slowed down in the evening, I packed up my van and headed to Stevensville, not to return until Wednesday morning. Because of the wind and predicted rain on Tuesday, I was not sure if I would find my tent still there when I returned.