My painting won first prize in the 'quick draw' competition at Art In The Open!

I'm so pleased that my painting won first prize in the 2 hour timed painting competition in Wexford yesterday. 

Participating artists were required to complete a painting of Wexford's Selskar Square in the time allowed. Finding a good outlook I took shelter from the torrential rain in a restaurant doorway with a view down the square.

I decided to paint a cafe with a bright orange awning in front of a deep blue house. I hoped that the complimentary colour combination would brighten an otherwise grey scene. As the rain got heavier I could see the colours reflected...

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Escaping the fog

Norfolk, sea mist approaching 18x24cm

Norfolk, sea mist approaching 18x24cm

This is a little plein air study I made on a recent painting trip to Norfolk with my Mum. Having promised her for the last 8 years that I would, one day, make the 6 hour journey from Shropshire to the East Coast, I decided it was finally time for me to visit her favourite spot in Bacton for a few days painting. Picking her up en route in Northamptonshire we loaded the car and set off with high hopes for a few days of glorious painting by the sea under those famous Norfolk skies... only to arrive in dense fog...which had also come to stay for the week in Bacton! 

On venturing inland one afternoon we discovered some lovely sunshine and decided to just stop the car and paint at the first opportunity, much to the amusement of the local farmer - and his brother - and his wife - all of whom were brought to visit the crazy ladies who were painting an empty field! It wasn't at all empty to me though, I liked the purple shadows on the golden ground and, of course, the looming fog bank in the distance.