I arrived at the venue spot (my tent) about 9:10 AM and unloaded the van and set up the studio area and the display area. It was chilly and the breeze was refreshing but gusty and strong enough to blow my cards and papers around. I decided not to put my sun umbrella out for fear of it tipping over in the wind so I sat it beside the tent and didn't open it. I didn't weight it down, thinking it would be safe there, however I was wrong as it came crashing down in a gust of wind a few minutes later. Luckily no one was injured and I then disassembled it and laid it down not to be used again today. The wind was a source of discomfort and annoyance all day. At one point, a gust pushed the side of my tent in and the display walls moved enough to knock over a stack of stretched canvases and caused a loud crash. Nothing was damaged but it was scary.
There were a number of school children on field trips that stopped by with loads of questions and a fair amount of general traffic all day. A young college aged student in a small group of her peers said she wanted her portrait done to put in the windows and would return after lunch. She did return and we decided to do a pastel because I had not yet done one at ArtPrize. She was an interesting theater major and was quite talkative but she was able to pause enough for me to nearly complete the pastel in a couple of hours. While working on her, another young woman, with blue and black hair and a nose ring, and her uncle stopped by. They told me that they would return around 4PM to have her portrait done. Angela returned, she wasn't not sure if she wanted an oil or pastel painting done. After explaining the attributes of each we agreed to do a pastel. She was an aspiring artist as well and we discussed her art career plans. I was not able to complete the portrait but made good progress before she tired and we decided to finish it from photos or have her come back.
Joe Sukup returned before Angela and I were finished and, after he returned from getting some refreshment, we started on the completion phase of his oil painting. I finished that about 7:15 PM, said goodbye to Joe, and proceeded to pack up. Before leaving I placed 4 pieces in the windows of the Grand Rapids Griffins' offices. I left for the day at 9:10 PM.