Typically, to my memory, the hottest time of the year in Southern California is early September. It got so hot last month that the heat, coupled with the overuse of electricity (air conditioning) actually melted the wires on the pole in the backyard. The guys from the Department of Water and Power came right out, thankfully, and I sketched them as they worked. They were quite friendly and were amused by my sketching one of them up on the pole, and their equipment on our lawn.
I had Saturday to prime and pencil, Sunday to paint. Here’s how they turned out, life-sized. My daughter Lily and my neighbor and his son helped on the ring-toss and shuffle board. It wouldn’t have gotten done without them! Many thanks. It really helped making the little sketch beforehand.
Joan took this “painting in progress” pic. The actual Harvest Festival is tomorrow. Hopefully the paint will hold up. If not, just more touch up I guess… It was a fun way to spend a weekend.