Last week I had a unique opportunity to be a sketch artist at the Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The residents were having a french themed dinner that night and I had a table and easel set up where people could come up and have their portrait drawn. I drew about 20 portraits in all and there were many I didn't get to because the dinner ended. This was my first time ever drawing portraits for money. I usually draw people all the time in crowds, on buses, or in class. This experience was different because the people at the dinner were aware that I was drawing them (usually they aren't.) Some people were very uncomfortable knowing that I was staring at them and others loved talking to me while I drew them and talked to me about their grandchildren. Yes, almost every person I drew told me about their grandchildren. The best part may have been listening to the people tell me about their lives, spouses, and stories.
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