Grocery Outlet was giving away free stuff right after lunch and there were a lot of people. The certainly kept the staff busy. In the meantime the Art Walk peeps were setting up. Ooo was it hot! But thanks to the canopy, plus a slight breeze it was more than OK.
Adam Schaudenecker brought his guitar and took center stage and sang a variety of styles. He was quite talented. Some of the people were singing along with him.
I took some pictures early on because I knew I was going to get busy when I start doing caricatures. I was right. My first “victim” was the daughter of Grocery Outlet’s owners/managers. She didn’t expect the drawing to be anything special. From the look in her eyes, I knew she realized it was. Then a family of 3 kids who had just gone shopping were passing by and I told them it was free to have their faces drawn. All 3 kids lined up — one wanted to be a princess and the two others wanted to look like the sisters from “Frozen” — they were delighted. After that it was one face after the other. I was starving but I realized the people had been lining up a long time and I didn’t stop until closing time when I ran out of light and paper. In fact, the last one was a teenager who was dragged there by her mother who had her other daughters drawn earlier. I told her I didn’t have any more paper and so she asked me to draw her picture on the back cardboard of my sketch book.
I have to thank my friends Anna, Sue and Nicole who hovered around me the whole time entertaining the people in line and providing water and snacks. They did a splendid PR job with the neighborhood. I’m sure the other volunteers were doing great as well. I was just stuck in my bench.
I was tired. My back ached and my knees cricked when I stood up. I was famished. But knowing that I made all those people happy and that I was able to donate all of my tips to the Art Walk Group was satisfying. It was a good day.