Since I live near by and it was a nice day I decided to walk there. I found the spot where I stood the first two times that I worked on the painting and took a moment to study the building, the sky (no rain today!), the light and the position of the sun so the values and shadows would be consistent.
I must have looked lost or something because a security guard drove up. I don't blame him for being concerned since with my backpack, big floppy hat, umbrella and strange painting supplies I may have looked like a homeless person.
I always seem to get chased off by security people. I guess they are doing their jobs but I am always careful to be safe, out of the way, and friendly. Many ask if I have permission or a letter from management. Some say I am performing and must have a licence. None seem to care that my first amendment right to free speech guarantees that I can paint a picture.
So I was shocked by the friendly and helpful manner of the HCC security! He asked if I needed something or was looking for something. I showed him the work I had done so far and said that I was hoping to finish painting the picture of the building. I told him I came late Saturday afternoon because I knew then I would not be in anyone's way. He was very kind and admired the unfinished painting. We spoke for a few minutes about the building and my painting then he wished me good luck with my art and wished me a nice day before he went back to his patrol. I think the pleasant encounter set me in a good mood and I think it had a positive effect on the atmosphere of my painting.
Obviously customer service is a high priority of the HCC staff. I will come back and paint more!
I had a good couple of hours of painting before the daylight shifted too much, but except for a little touch up when I got home I finished the painting.
|Hickory Ridge Building at HCC,|
Size is 7.5 inches by 11 inches. Medium is watercolor. Finished July 25, 2015.
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