Painter becomes the painted
RENOWNED regional artist and Grafton Regional Gallery director, Jude McBean, stepped from behind the canvas to sit for a portrait which was entered in the 2005 Archibald Prize.
Dorrigo artist Chris Hundt approached Mrs McBean, of Eatonsville, in September asking her to sit for the oil painting.
Mrs McBean said Ms Hundt was a recognised regional artist. The pair have known each other for more than five years.
"Archibald subjects are often people involved in the arts or who have a passion for the arts in general," Mrs McBean said.
The portrait, which took 30 hours to complete, was Ms Hundt's first entry in the $35,000 prize, and although it was not selected as a finalist, she said she planned to enter again.
Mrs Hundt said Mrs McBean sat the painting twice.
"I did so many workings of the portrait from the original sittings, it was more challenging than I thought," Ms Hundt said.
"She (Mrs McBean) is so easy-going, a very strong woman and I think that really came across."
Mrs McBean said she will attend the opening of the Archibald Prize in Sydney on Friday, when the winner will be announced.
Ms Hundt recently won $5000 in the Bellingen Art Prize for a romantic land- scape.