The live painting experience
The first few hours are always slow, as more crew and volunteers arrive to finish the set up and make final preparations for the arrival of some 700 guests, expected around 11:30 am. I started laying down some paint shortly after 9 am, knowing that I had a limited amount of time before they were scheduled to auction off the painting. The first hour of painting happened in very little light, as the stage lights hadn't been turned on yet.
I started with the background then set to work on the jersey. Having the familiar colours of the Edmonton Oilers done and ready for the arrival of guests is always a great strategy. I also had to get the ice done, because I knew that was where Kevin Lowe was going to sign his autograph. Ensuring that the signing spot was one hundred percent dry was top-of-mind. When people started arriving I turned my attention to Kevin's face and hands before jumping up to the Stanley Cup, an equally important subject in the painting.
The highlight of the luncheon was a hot stove conversation hosted by Jason Gregor of TSN. In the hot seats were my subject, Kevin Lowe, and Doug Gilmour. I actually love this part of the program as I got to absorb some wonderful stories while doing the final touches on the painting. They were going to auction the painting off right at the end of the hot stove.
Luncheon guests and several NHL alums like Craig McTavish and Doug Gilmour, were very complimentary, impressed with the painting. I'm very happy with it and look forward to touching up a few things before sending it on to its final destination at Seagate Contract Management.
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