Arrived at the venue spot (my tent) about 9:30 AM. Proceeded to unload the van and set up the display area and the working area in the tent. I got everything ready to go just before my subject for the first portrait of the event, Joe Sukup, arrived. After lunch, Joe sat for his portrait and we agreed to doing an oil because it was the first oil portrait I have done on location so I asked him to be my guinea pig. I was not able to complete the portrait because he had to leave for a business appointment after about an hour and 40 minutes. I took photos of him to use for finishing it and he is planning to return on Friday to sit again to finish it.
I had a large number of people who stopped by to ask questions and look at my samples in the afternoon and evening. Several appeared to be interested in have a portrait and a few said they would be back. I have been at this business long enough to know that most people do not return but a couple might.
I took a few minutes to go to the front side of the arena on Fulton Street, where they show a dot on the ArtPrize map indicating my location, to use sidewalk chalk and put my name down on the sidewalk with an arrow pointing in the direction of my tent. ArtPrize said they were not able to correct the error on Google Maps placing me in the wrong place. So if you come to see my exhibit, you won't find me where the map shows me. I am 200 to 300 yards south of there down the alley between the arena and the HopCat restaurant.
Although I only did the one oil portrait the first day my spirits are still high that I will do well as long as the weather still continues to be good. The last few days have been and the forecast is great weather. I packed up and left for the day around 8 PM.