Public portrait painting demos are rather like stunts! You are doing a performance and can fall at any moment.
Well, I am in exceptionally good hands tomorrow for my portrait demo at the Valley Art Guild , Encino, CA painting none other than gorgeous professional stunt lady Gayle Sherman Hooker http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0393620/of "Desperate Housewives" fame. Can you guess which character she stunts for? Last night I did this quick sketch of her in preparation. I believe in doing my homework.
I first met Gayle in Deborah Leshon's Pilates studio (Deborah can kick some butt herself). Gayle is one of those women that you can't take your eyes off. Stunning. I just assumed, wrongly, she was one of those 'ladies who lunched' kinda people. They make me nervous in the first place.
Then she started talking. She was really funny. Then she started talking about her day job in a casual and understated way. Very UnHollwood. She didn't lunch at all. I couldn't believe it. She looks nothing like you would expect a stunt woman to look like. On top of all of that, along with Deborah, she is one of the most caring and wise people I have met in a long time. And also a girl's girl. And did I mention, she is learning how to fly? Puts me to shame.
And did I mention too that Gayle's whole family are in the stunt business, including her teenage sons and husband, Buddy Joe Hooker, an icon in the field.
Should be fun tomorrow. I can't wait. And I know Gayle will catch me if I fall 'cause that's just Gayle. She's good at that!
For details, time and location of demo go here: http://www.valleyartistsguild.org/pdf/newsletters/VAG-Newsletter-2010-03.pdf