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A commission project

I just finished a commission project given through PatronArt. It was a painting of this couple who seemed to be newly weds when the original photograph was made many decades ago. It was such a sweet image and I was really interested in turning it into an oil painting. When I get a charming source material like this, the commission becomes an enjoyable one.


Art of Recovery Fresh A.I.R. Gallery fundraiser

Tonight I participated in a fundraiser by Fresh A.I.R. Gallery. Fresh A.I.R. is located in downtown Columbus, and it works for and with artists with mental handicaps. I was invited to be part of this event through my painter friends I work with every Monday. It was for a worthy cause, sounded like fun, and I personally know the director of the gallery Kim, so of course I said, "yes".  The event took place in a Hilton hotel downtown. We had 2 models set up for tonight. We started painting around 5pm. The party started at 5:30pm and continued on to 10pm although I left there around 9:30pm. It was in a room called George Bellows Ballroom and the place became very crowded by the time a live auction started. The lighting was dim, then later on it got even dimmer both on models and on my painting. So it was very difficult to see colors and my painting went a little too far in the purple direction for that. But, hey, people seemed to be having a ball, the food was good and it looked like the auction went well. So I couldn't complain. After finishing our paintings, we set them up on easels on the tables to be silent-auctioned during the event. I hope my painting collected some money for the gallery. Below are a few snapshots of the display. The pictures are not good. The focus is soft and painting got some glare. But these are all I got since I had to leave my painting at the event.

S.E. Steele happened to be at the event and took a photo of me and Sean working. Thanks Stephanie!