Remember seeing that funny poster in your mechanic’s waiting room that says, “If you watch, it costs 20% more”? Engagement punishment like that does not exist in the world of portrait artists who work in front of live audiences. Feel free to watch most Live Event Portrait Artists and chat them up!
Since the earliest days of kings and queens, someone has been appointed to work out their image in a painting, drawing or sculpture.
From wikipedia: “The oldest known portrait in the world comes from Czech Republic. It shows a woman(s) face and was made from mammoth ivory and is about 26,000 years old… (Others) are the funeral portraits that survived in the dry climate of Egypt’s Fayum district.”
One of the world’s most favorite painters, Gustav Klimt, is said to have taken four years to complete his well-known, gold enveloped portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer.
Sometimes, portrait painters come along with the ability to accurately see and capture an image right away. And if they don’t mind the obvious distraction of having a roving audience behind them, they manage to create a final portrait in front of a crowd, within a standard sitting time. Standard is from 1-3 hours. Unlike a Klimt with a richly themed background, of course, these works are traditionally smaller with greater emphasis on foreground composition than background detail.
A 2015 article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution related the details of one live event painter whose work went worldwide. It described the artist’s main objective was to “create a work of art at an event while the guests watch… weddings, parties and more.” Welcome to the movement towards portrait art as a spectator sport!
Another major online news feed relates that live event painters’ sketches make for a very hip party favor for weddings and other trending events.
For the second year in a row, the Voila Crewe fundraiser group in the greater Roswell/Atlanta area offered patrons a chance to watch and enjoy the creation of fine art.
To support the main fundraiser for the ALS Emory clinic, a silent auction allowed collectors to bid on the art pieces created by the Roswell Live Event Portrait Artists at the fundraising event . . . with no penalties for verbally engaging the artists!
This small group of painters had been working alongside each other for years. Students and friends of the late portraitist James B. Schell, the group had painted together as the River Lake Painters and Abernathy Studio Painters for up to 2 decades, in some cases.
In 2015, the Voila Fundraising Committee sponsored the Georgia Organ Transplant Donors fund, and asked the Roswell Live Event Portrait Artists to Participate. The event was a huge success. Early that Saturday evening, the crew of artists gathered at the Roswell Country Club, just before the doors opened, to set up. As guests arrived, they began their 16×20 canvases of the sensitive, red-haired model Eden Rice.
Eden has been a favored beauty model for the late Nelson Shanks, and she posed in pearl-laden white, with her long, lavish auburn locks wrapped to one side. The crowd was ecstatic to witness the creative process first hand, and all five paintings sold at silent auction above the asking price.
2016 promised to be even bigger.
In February 2016, five artists painted Tessa, a tall, Greek-heritage model dressed in Mardis Gras attire. Patrons were able to bid in silent auction on the alla prima works completed during the gala event. All paintings sold!
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