Itinerant Portraitist

Caught a Tibetan Monk with chips on the Lower East Side.

Caught a Tibetan Monk with chips on the Lower East Side.

I’m posting 111 portraits from 888 on Facebook each day. If you click on this image, you will be directed to the album.

I’m posting 111 portraits from 888 on Facebook each day. If you click on this image, you will be directed to the album.

 After a diet of whatever we could pick up at the ‘7’. We were really happy to be in Hualien City. We committed to the same few places, all near our homestay. While I painted, Oona could go over to Country Mother by herself to read a book with a soup, go for coffee or bring us a pizza.

Sometimes we’d hang out in the living room. I would headhunt among the other guests while Oona chatted or read on the IPAD.

There is a monastery across the road. Often we could hear chanting. It was beautiful. I went over to convince the nuns to have their portraits done. But they declined, insisting that I should paint God because God is beautiful and they don’t exist. Sometimes they would drop by to visit us. Once they brought gifts of Mochi for Oona and I. I ate mine. I thought it would be good luck. Oona ‘dropped’ hers near a stray dog, but the dog did not eat it.

 

July 12-26, 2011, Old House Homestay, Hualien City

Among the things we loved were the snails and fireworks in the courtyard, drawing in bed, watching critters slither along the glass outside our window and playing cards.

Sept 7, 2011
I just put Oona a plane from Taipei to NYC all by herself. We’ve had two intense months together and many great adventures. Due to my obsessive planning, our luck and Oona’s good nature, all has gone well. She has been amazing as a traveling companion and as my translator. We have truly worked as a team. Her liveliness, love of people, sense of humor, showmanship and ability to connect with and to trust almost everyone has made it possible for me to paint  portraits of hundreds of wonderful and interesting people from all over Taiwan. The next three weeks for me here alone will be my longest separation from her ever. On the bus back from the airport, I feel sad already, but also strangely exhilarated at the prospect of a small stretch of autonomy. My work days will be much longer and I will have time for my blog. But I will have to ‘headhunt’ by myself. Later that night: Just got into the studio and there are 14 people waiting to be painted. Maybe it will be ok…!

We moved our base camp from Shoufong to Hualien City on July 12th for a two week stay at ‘Home-stay’ in the downtown area. It’s an old Japanese style house (see video review on Oona’s blog) with only three bedrooms. We’ve been here for twelve days now and have developed routines and really feel at home. We’ve made many friends, had wonderful adventures and I’ve completed 210 portraits! Monday we leave for Lanyu Island. We’re excited but Oona and I are both very sad to leave.

We moved our base camp from Shoufong to Hualien City on July 12th for a two week stay at ‘Home-stay’ in the downtown area. It’s an old Japanese style house (see video review on Oona’s blog) with only three bedrooms. We’ve been here for twelve days now and have developed routines and really feel at home. We’ve made many friends, had wonderful adventures and I’ve completed 210 portraits! Monday we leave for Lanyu Island. We’re excited but Oona and I are both very sad to leave.

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