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Portrait painter from Dollywood crafts festival.

It’s been a while since I worked on my art in public. I used to do a lot of portrait sculptures. Beginning with an armature and stack of clay rolls, I’d whip out a rough likeness in an hour and a half sitting.

It helped when my model had distinctive features, though not all of them sat still.

I’ll be at it again this Saturday, March 25th, at Grace Ridge Brewing in Homer, Alaska. Only this time, I’ll be trying to squeeze a heat-colored steel engraving into a one-hour time slot.

Ptarmigan Arts, a local coop gallery, is doing its annual fundraiser for its Visual Arts Scholarship. I’ll be among a group of fifteen or so artists challenged to create a piece in one hour. There will be a silent auction as we work, culminating with a live auction at 7 pm after we lay down our tools.

Luckily, we’re allowed to complete up to 30% of the work ahead of time. Heat-colored steel engravings are typically pretty labor and time intensive.

I’ve got the design engraved on an 8″ x 12″ sheet, and I’m planning to do the green heat beforehand so I don’t have so much downtime waiting for the piece to cool before I can get back to decorative grinding.

Green is the hottest color, so I’m hoping with it done ahead of time, a pair of high temp gloves, a handrest of some kind, and a sketchy approach to the decorative grinding, I’ll be able to squeeze the rest of the process into the allotted sixty minutes.

Don’t miss the event if you’re in Homer. Stop on by for a glass of your favorite brew, some fast-paced art-making, and a chance to take home your favorite pieces.

It should prove to be an exciting evening.


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