I am working on a series about migrant workers, many of whom congregate at the home improvement warehouse about five minutes away from my studio. Here you see the results of five and a half hours of back-breaking work. I have to start and finish on the same day because models are often not available again the following day. I will work on the background later this week, and post a photo of the finished piece.
The hardest thing is to explain, in Spanish, that they will get paid for "just sitting." I pay the standard rate they would receive if they were out there doing their usual work. I also translate the contents of the model release form, and give them a photo of the painting.