Danville Fine Arts Faire, June 2010

We were asked to be the feature square this year in Danville. Mostly this means it was our turn to have the pole position at the corner closest to the rest of the art and wine festival, but we decided to make use of that position to do a larger square--roughly 10 ft. by 20 ft., though we didn't intend to fill all 200 square feet completely. The theme for the five paintings was Meeting the Masters, and all five artists chose masterworks by famous painters and sculptors. Three of the five painted different images from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, another did Vermeer's Girl in a Red Hat, and we interpreted Gian Lorenzo Bernini's baroque statue of Apollo and Daphne.

In the Greek myth of Apollo and Daphne, Apollo taunted Eros (Cupid) for playing with a bow and arrows, which Apollo viewed as a big boy's weapons and not fit for a little kid to use. Eros retaliated by shooting Apollo with a golden arrow, causing him to fall in love with the first thing he sees. He then shot Daphne--a nymph and daughter of the river god Peneus--with a leaden arrow, which caused her to spurn all lovers, including Apollo. Apollo chased the chaste Daphne, who ran until she was exhausted, at which point she begged her father to open the earth to bury her or to transform her form. He changed her into a bay laurel tree (source of culinary bay leaves). Apollo embraced the tree and promised that since he couldn't take her as his wife, he would keep her leaves evergreen and use her branches to crown leaders.

In our painting, we attempted to skew the image of the sculpture so that it looked like it was standing upright. We added a splashing wave to represent Peneus transforming Daphne, and changed the marble statue into the colors of living flesh (and leaves).

The original composite image
The original image (before skewing).

Cheryl paints Daphne's eye on Saturday
Cheryl works on Daphne's face on Saturday. This task proved difficult because of how tilted her face is and how much it was stretched when the picture was skewed.

Daphne's face
The beginnings of Daphne's face.

Daphne's face
Daphne looks like something from and Edvard Munch painting.

Once again, Wayne works on leaves.

Daphne's face with hair
Daphne is starting to look a little more human with hair around her head.

Wayne works on Daphne's hair
Wayne works on the transition between hair and branches.

Cheryl works on Daphne's torso
Cheryl paints Daphne's torso.

Daphne's upper half
Daphne's upper half.

Sideways view of Daphne
The view from the side.

End of day Saturday--Daphne is done
When we quit for the day on Saturday, we had completed Daphne...or so we thought.

Eyeless Daphne
Sunday morning: Cheryl is unhappy with Daphne's face and tries again with the eyes.

Cheryl and Cece consult
Cece consults on what's wrong with the face (aha! The nose!).

Cheryl and Wayne on Sunday
Cheryl starts work on Apollo while Wayne fills in a background shade.

The view from the top of the painting
The view from the top--she has a REALLY BIG arm.

Cheryl at work from the side
Cheryl adds Apollo's hand.

Sunday noon view
The painting from the base with a small splash of water.

Wayne and Cheryl at work on Sunday
Wayne fills in the streamside rocks and vegetation while Cheryl paints Apollo's arm.

Cheryl fills in some background
Almost done: Cheryl fills in a bit more of the background.

Wayne and Cheryl pose as Apollo and Daphne
Wayne and Cheryl do their best Apollo and Daphne imitations with a quickly pulled weed filling in as a laurel branch.

Wayne and Cheryl pose with finished painting
Wayne and Cheryl with the finished painting.

Finished painting from the ladder
The finished painting.

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