San Carlos Art and Wine Faire--October 2006

This was the first year the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce added street painting to their art and wine festival, and overall it went well. There were about ten painters (including a couple of school groups). We chose to work from an illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith from a Victorian children's book called At The Back Of The North Wind; the illustration we chose was done in about 1920 and illustrates the line, "Are you ill, dear North Wind?" We chose to replace the icy background and remove the anxious child, placing North Wind in an autumnal setting that seemed fitting for the last street painting of the year.

completed face
North Wind's face is completed.

Cheryl stops to chat
Cheryl stops to chat with passersby.

Wayne draws the framing branch
Wayne draws the framing branch

Nolan top down
Nolan struggles with the rubber gloves.

Cheryl and Nolan underpaint the hair
Cheryl and Nolan underpaint the hair with red and purple.

The dirty hand club
The dirty hand club.

Isn't that one leaf realistic?

Wayne adds some final touches
Wayne adds some final touches.

Wayne draws in the logo
The view from the top shows how North Wind has been skewed to look right from the base of the drawing.

Closeup of the tree and mountain
The tree and mountain in mottled shade from the real tree overhead.

Cheryl draws in the grasses
Cheryl adds grasses around the rocks.

Completed artwork with titles
Everything's done except for the cleanup.

All done

Finished street painting
The completed street painting.

The original illustration
The original illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith.

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