Ronald McDonald House Chair-ity Event

A good friend of mine asked me to donate a chair to our local Ronald McDonald House for their annual Chair-ity event. It’s an event where local artists, companies and celebrities design and decorate a chair to be sold at auction to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House.

The gears in my head are always spinning and I had plenty of almost-ideas, but I was lacking any real inspiration. When I found this chair at a nearby Goodwill, I decided to use it’s flourishes as a springboard and give it a real San Antonio/Fiesta flair.

Ladies and gents, my chair:

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PHASE 1. I wish I’d thought to take a real “Before” picture.  This is after it was primed and ready for sketching. Below is the lovely back board, ready to be filled with paint and doodles.

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PHASE 2. And here are some very early sketchings…  I have decided at this point that it’s going to be better to complete the back board before I go any further. I want to incorporate as much of the original design as I can, so I think I want to see how that’s going to turn out before I sketch too much.

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PHASE 3. Moving right along. You would probably not be surprised at how difficult it is to accomplish the detail on this chair with a toddler hanging around.  It doesn’t matter what’s on TV or what else he’s doing – if I’m working on the chair, he is either trying to get his hands on my paintbrushes, or trying to climb on top of me while I paint.  He refers to this as: “Helping you, Mommy.”

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Detail work almost finished…

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Aaaaaaaaaaand, we are DONE! It’s a good thing I could finish this while watching the Spurs beat Miami. It kept me from stressing about the game!

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