|3 hour "Quick Draw"; "Restored" 11"h x 14"w|
Saturday, June 22, 2013
June 15th, 2013 the "Paint San Clemente" event began with a three hour "quick draw" in the area surrounding the San Clemente Community Center and Art Gallery. "Quick draw" is a timed event, where artists paint a designated area. The canvases of all the participating artists were stamped at 12:30pm, then we were given three hours to compose, paint, and frame our piece. Midday is not my favorite time to begin a painting, but I was able to produce a piece that I was pleased enough with to frame up and enter for judging (Mine was a version of a Spanish style home that sits right across the street from the Community Center) At 3:30, the paintings were turned in for judging. While I didn't win a ribbon for my painting that afternoon, I counted it as a success since I'm feeling more comfortable painting within a set time frame, and it's good practice for the mere 90 minute quick draw events I'll be doing in the Telluride and Aspen Plein Air Invitationals in a few weeks! As the years go by, my "batting average" is certainly improving; scraping less and less of my efforts, and more often I'm quite happy with my studies! This I attribute to painting all the time from life, encouragement from the right people, and God's grace!