3 hrs

117 artists

40 locations

Rain or shine

COMPETITION DAY

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It was a first for me to take part in this huge event. I try to paint every day, so in a way, this is just another day...at least that's what I kept telling myself since the size I chose to paint in was much bigger than usual. That changes quite a bit of my workflow but it was a chance for me to test how much I was able to learn from inside the studio and see how I fare with rain in the skies. Que Sera Sera! No one ever said that painting outdoors is going to be easy.

"STROLL BY SCOTCH POND"

There was very little time to experience my surrounding, to hear the stories, to meet the people. It was a matter of quickly capturing the feel of the place and interpreting it through the pigment of my imagination. 

 Volunteers were knowledgeable, took pictures, videos, gave clear instructions, directions, and one of them, Lucy, a volunteer driver, used her own car to take me to my painting location. She reassured me that she will be there waiting when it's time to go back, even stopped by other locations not assigned to her, to see if any other participant needed a ride back.

I DID IT! I got the blue ribbon and the Dan Gray Cup!

My painting sold to a lovely couple named John and Yetzka. John told me: There are only 5 houses across that pond. The middle house is where they live. There's a hallway through the front door with a wall. That's where the painting will be so anyone who walks in will see it.