7" x 9" watercolor
Some of you will remember that last year around this time I had a contest where I gave away one watercolor portrait. And here is the finished painting. :)
The winner of the contest lives in Utah so we were able to get together so I could take the kind of reference photos I like to work from.
I took my model to a place that looked like a harmless office building with lots of grassy areas lit with gorgeous light from the sun that had just started to set. And no people or pets within sight, which is what I saw at every single park I looked at before I found this perfectly deserted spot.
I start taking pictures, giving very vague and not-too-helpful hints for my poor model to look "that way" while I point somewhere to the north-south-westish, "somewhat mysteriously", "like you're an international woman of intrigue", and repeatedly "stop laughing at me!" (I need some work on my model directing skills.)
When all of a sudden a security guard (complete with darkened sunglasses) walks out. Thus begins my tale of how I narrowly escaped Serious Trouble With The Government:
Security Guard: "DON'T take pictures of the building."
Me: *blinks* "Ooooh-kay."
Because obviously that's what I was doing. This woman posing for me was all a ruse so I could take pictures of this fantastically secret, but very well protected building. MWA HA HA!
Model: *barely contained laughter*
Me: *gives model a pleading look that says "Dude, do NOT mock the security guard!"*
Security Guard: *crosses arms over chest while giving me the evil eye*
Me: *smiling innocently* "I wasn't taking pictures of the building, just her," I say, pointing to the model who's trying to supress yet more laughter.
Security Guard: *more evil eye directed at me*
Me: *gives security guard feigned look of shock after looking down at my camera (I should totally be an actress)*
"And would you look at that! I got all the photos I needed so we'll, um, *swallow* just be going now," I say.
Me and Model: *start backing away from the security guard in a calm, non-guilty way for about five seconds before turning around and speed walking to my car*
Luckily we both escaped with our lives, our freedom, and my camera. :) The moral of this story? Don't take your model to a building, or area, that you think is just an office building but might be an undisclosed government location.
Unless you like getting hit with the evil eye by burly security guards. Or worse.
That's all I'm gonna say.
Hopefully government officials are not reading this blog. . .
*It should also be noted that this model is beautiful and she was a joy to work with. She took my direction to look "somewhat mysterious to the north-south-westish" very well. :))))
Upcoming Events: I will be teaching a one day watercolor portrait class on October 15 for the Syracuse Arts Guild in Syracuse, Utah. click here for details or email me with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org