The day arrived and it was throwing it down, cars were stuck in the mud and roadways were flooded.
Not deterred I headed out to find my subject. The fairground took my attention so I set up with an umbrella positioned carefully over my canvas and pallet.
'Not So Much Fun at the Fair' 10" x 10" oil on canvas board
'Judging the Pigs' 10' x 10" oil on canvas board
This again was fun but I decided that I was wet enough and went off to find somewhere a bit drier for my next subject
'Waiting to be Judged' 10" x 12" oil on canvas board
Well it would have been drier had I gone into the tent but as the rain had eased off a bit I stood outside as I liked the feeling of being able to look through the tent.
Hurrah, no rain.
'Which Came First?' - sold
My next picture was a picture asking to painted. I saw it and had to stop. These fine bullocks were waiting to go into the ring, they weren't there long so had to rely on memory, the picture needs revisiting in the studio maybe to slightly adjust the shape of the animals
Waiting to go into the Ring 10" x 10"
We had to be back at the Paint Out marquee by 3pm for prize giving. There were 13 of us artists in total and the sponsers had given cash prizes for those pictures they judged the best. First prize went to Robert Nelmes for and amazing painting of the farriers at work and second prize went to Tom Cringle for, again, another wonderful painting.
11 happy and now dry artists
At the end of the day, another prize was awarded - The Spirit of Plein Air. Imagine my surprise when it was awarded jointly to myself and my buddy Haidee-Jo Summers
'Spirit of Plein air'
All round it was a good experience, would I do it again next year?? Maybe I'll check the long range weather forecast first