Wow is this post overdue! Last month I participated in an amazing event called Paint Out Norfolk. It’s an intense 9 day plein air painting competition that takes place in different locations all over the beautiful east coast county in the UK. I came to think of it as the Olympics of painting; carrying gear from the coast to the city, painting non-stop through the hottest days in UK history, I even got stung by three Yellowjackets in one day- Coincidentally while painting this particular painting. This was also THE hottest day ever in the UK, reached into the 100’s (40’s Celsius)! I applied in the hopes of meeting other like minded artists, which I was fortunate to do en-mass being that there were almost 100 of us. Each day we would bring our wet paintings directly from on site and place them while still wet in a tent lined with shelves that quickly filled up with almost 900 paintings over the course of the competition. Then the judges were brought in and asked to select their favorite painting to award.
I was stunned when they announce me as a winner, having never considered the competition aspect, only the opportunity to paint with many seriously hard-core artists.
The whole experience was wild. I was pushed to my limits in SO many ways (even driving in the left for the first time by going on essentially a 9 day road trip alone) and came away with some wonderful new friends. So much gratitude to and the rest of the badass participating painters for being so welcoming to a complete stranger! Looking forward to next year! ❤️🎨🖼
South Creek Willows
Oil on panel