Saturday, August 19, 2006
Art Garden PAINTING--Kick-OUT
Today Echo and I returned to Gibralter gardens in Wilmington to paint with Pahl and Catherine, both teachers at DCAD. Steve was the only one other painter join us, but he left early and not long after him Catherine and Pahl as well. It seems the place was rented for a wedding. In fact people were there when we showed up, the garden was already filled with chairs and the musicians were setting up too, but the preist came over and told Echo and I we were welcome to stay and he like the fact we were painting, said Echo had a "beautiful smile". He felt that what we were doing contributed to the atmosphere. As family members and guests came in, wandering about, many came up to watch us paint and compliment us. Everything seemd fine, but it was kinda' distracting, so my attention was off, and I was trying to also pay attention to what Echo was doing in case she needed anything. It was humid as hell and I had 4 hours sleep last night, so I was a bit 'crunchy" as it were. Echo's friend Teressa was also supposed to join us, but by the time she arrived boatloads of people were swarming in. Buses were showing up filled with guests, this place is small, people were pooling up like a blocked artery and a cop was there to direct traffic. Suddenly we were told we had to leave as the bride didn't want to see us there...O..K...
So we either had to move to higher ground and restart our paintings or leave. I figured we should just beat it as it wasn't very condusive to painting anymore, so my painting was only maybe a quarter done..I had to leave it as it was..I am not so happy with this one and could have done a simpler scene...but I got art greedy! However you know, you learn from the good and the bad.
Here is my block-in, it started with promise but not to long after I was beset by the curious public..I also only had about 4 hours sleep last nite, so I was really kinda' foggy.
You can see Echo's painting here.
I snapped a pic of Catherine painting, both she and Pahl were using gouache.
So after we were kicked out of the garden like Adam and the two Eves, Echo wanted to eat at the chinese buffet, so we headed down 95 to get some grub, I was pretty darn hungry by then as well.
I ate like a dog! I had a few plates of the usual buffett stuff then topped it off with some Mongolian Grill..yum!
After we ate we decided to go to A. C. Moore to get some art supplies Echo needed for a job and to grab some extra pencils and sketchpads (I had left ours home) to go to Starbucks and draw. We hit A C Moore as they were having a huge sale, I bought a lot of canvases and sketchbooks, tracing pads etc. Then we piled back into the car and zoomed over to Starbucks to sketch.
This Starbucks is kinda small, and there were not very many people..or really anyone sitting to be our subjects except for one guy outside waiting for a ride. Just before we left people showed up, but I neede to get back home so we could feed the dogs. Below are the two sketches I did, one of Echo (who kept moving here head) and one of Teressa.