The Executive Committee of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) board of trustees met in La Conner this week, and I decided it would be fun to do a portrait of my good friend Len Edgerly, the current board chairman, to surprise him and them when they arrived and met the first afternoon in my studio.
It was a great treat to see the look of surprise and delight on all their faces as they came into the studio and recognized him, about 3X life-size, looking at them from the wall. And especially wonderful, as it always is when people see their own portraits for the first time, to see Len's reaction.
I hadn't done any more portraits since completing the series of ten even larger (40" x 30") oil pastel ones that I showed at Well Street Gallery in Fairbanks in July, 2004, and I wasn't sure I'd ever do any more. I never seem to know what I'll work on next until I find myself doing it, but it was so fun, challenging, and rewarding to try to "capture" a little of another friend that I may well find myself doing more.