Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, August 2008
For the Palo Alto festival this year, we chose another N.C. Wyatt painting--The Giant, the one our friend Alice painted in Danville. The Giant was originally painted in 1923 as a mural at a school. Five of the children in the painting were based on N.C. Wyatt's children (we think Andrew is the little blond boy in the middle), and the sixth--the boy on the left in a white hat--was a former student at the school who died young. His classmates pooled their money to pay for the mural.
Cheryl started out with the boy in the red bathing costume (we had fun asking kids whether that child was a boy or a girl). She underpainted the skin with green tones to create more realistic skin tones.
Wayne began with the giant.
He had a few fans watching him.
The first three kids.
This photo shows how much Wayne did (everything above him) and how little Cheryl did (the kids). And there are some really nice cloud swirls in there.
Cheryl worked on the group of five kids.
Cheryl worked on the sixth child.
Closeup of the sixth child.
Cheryl worked on the sixth kid while Wayne worked on the ocean waves.
The five kids in the main group.
Closeup of the seagulls.
Still to go: the ocean and beach.
Our neighbor Sean helps Wayne with the beach.
Sean helps Wayne with the ocean.
The central group of five children, finished.
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