Tasked with painting four large pictures in five days for the Westward Ho! and Bideford Art Society annual exhibition I had embarked on two oil paintings. However, by late Tuesday (Day 2 of 5) it was clear I wasn't going to get them finished, let alone dry. So, I had a decision to make, do I persevere and hope by the eleventh hour it would all work out or abandon them and do watercolours?
Unfortunately, It had to be the latter. So, I now had to paint four big watercolours in three days!
I had a theme running through - I like that sort of thing - and that was the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly, just a few miles from the gallery here, I like painting the colourful boats and equally colourful people.
Well, by the end of Wednesday (Day 3 of 5) I had completed one painting. Did I like it? Is it good enough? I didn't have time to worry about it, so press on with painting number two. It's Thursday now (Day 4 of 5) and I'm on a roll, second painting completed.
Now, you may have already worked out that I am managing to paint one picture a day. That leaves one day to paint two pictures, hmm. I must confess that I have got a painting of Clovelly that I did a few weeks ago in reserve, so in reality, one day left one painting to go. It's now Friday, last day, and I ease through the last painting. I manage to get them all framed up, bubble-wrapped and ready for despatch by midnight! Cutting it fine or what?
Painting a picture a day is pretty easy, right? Maybe, but painting a good picture a day worthy of submission is not quite so easy. Still, Saturday morning, paintings delivered to the Burton, presented to the judging panel and all four are selected with straight 'A's!
Phew, made it!
You can see my original painting below plus the other three originals at Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society 94th Annual Exhibition at the Burton Art Gallery & Museum from Saturday 23rd July to Saturday 3rd September 2016.