This past weekend was spent down in Norfolk for the big Opsail event, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. I had promised to attend months ago, portraying a portrait artist/miniaturist of that era. Both days I was there with Nicole, who was demonstrating shoemaking, while Samantha was only able to join us on Sunday.
Prior to the event, I didn't really know what to expect, and had the idea that I'd simply end up talking to people about artists and miniatures during the early 19th century, but that otherwise I'd be able to wander around and visit the tall ships and fort and whatnot.
To my great surprise and delight, people were genuinely interesting in my drawing, and, most specifically, in having me draw them. I ended up doing a fairly brisk business with the small charcoal portraits, and aside from food breaks I did almost nothing but draw portraits straight the entire weekend. It was definitely different to be at an event in a historical vendor type of mode as opposed to strict living history, but I must say I quite enjoyed it (even though I never did get to see all the ships).
Apparently when I draw I look rather serious... I guess that must just be my 'concentrating' face, since I was actually really happy to be doing art again!
Naturally, I didn't get pictures of all the drawings I did for people, but I did get a quick snap of the sketch I did of the scrimshaw artist/sutler who was set up just a few tents down from me and one of Samantha.