Monday, March 14, 2011

Giant Emma Smith

The Relief Society ladies got together last week to celebrate the founding of Relief Society. We had a service auction and it was really fun. I was part of the planning committee for the meeting, and somehow one of the ladies suggested that as part of the decorations I paint a giant portrait of Emma Smith. As you might imagine, when she suggested that I was thinking "Heeeeck no!" I was prepared to say this out-loud, but somehow she used Jedi mind powers on me and instead I said "Ok, sure."

There are pictures of the whole process somewhere, but the camera they are on is missing, so I only have two.Handsome Bryce helped me, because if I was getting swindled into this project then so was he.
We painted it with acrylics on a twin bed sheet. Before you get all impressed though, you should know that we totally cheated. I projected this image of Emma Smith onto the sheet and outlined everything in pencil so it was pretty much just a gigantic "Paint-by-Number". (I told that to people and they said "Oh, that's not cheating!" but yes, it totally is.)

Nevertheless I think it turned out pretty nice. Bryce and I have done one other painting like this. It is a pretty fun project, but a lot of work. I think Emma Smith took between 10 and 12 hours. But 10-12 hours of hanging out with Bryce is basically a party, even when you have to stare into the gigantic face of the first Relief Society president during that time.


natalie said...

Oh my gosh that is incredible!!

Haley! said...

That is cool! Sounds like fun! :D

Alan said...

Excellent job!

Do not get hung up with this "cheating" nonsense! The only thing that matters is the final image. It is no less a beautiful image if you used a ruler or projector to assist in creating it. Leonardo and Vermeer used the camera obscura. (Note: that is Leonardo, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, not the Renaissance genius).

McRachie said...

Hahaha thanks Dad <3