Better late than never, here is my post about the Pintar Rapido event which I attended in London last month. 400 artists turned up on the day. The principle was to come at the reception on Saturday morning with a white canvas they stamp at the back, then painting in the street of Chelsea, before returning the work by the evening for the show and competition prizes on the next day.
It was such an exciting event for me to attend. Although I must say painting quiet allotments in the Bath countryside didn't quite prepare me for the busy city. I left home in my summer sandals in the pouring rain at 6am wondering what on earth I was doing. As I arrived at destination, I felt a bit like in an episode of 'Mr Bean goes to London': just as I got off the train and was thinking "London, here I come!" I got stuck with all my kit in the automatic door and got to be freed by a chuckling member of staff...
But then luck showed its face as the rain made room for the sun. Here is below the first painting I did on that day, which happened to be the one I presented for the show. I found a nice little spot looking at Battersea Bridge:
|Battersea Bridge in the morning 11"x14" oil on board|
Afterwards, the sun properly came out and there was a lovely hazy shimmering light reflecting on the water so I decided to paint the view from Battersea Bridge toward Chelsea Harbour.
|View towards Chelsea Harbour 11"x14" oil on board|
Then finally, in the late afternoon I did my last painting of the day, only a few meters away from my previous spots, this time looking at Battersea Bridge from the distance. I just loved the golden evening light sparkling on the water:
|Battersea Bridge in late afternoon 16"x9" oil on board|
I then headed back to the exhibition centre to drop my painting. It seems Mr Bean was back in the room... After dropping my painting on the floor, losing my paperwork, and taking half the hall space to frame my work, I finally managed to hand in my painting and then enjoyed a well deserved drink with fellow artists.
Here are below some pictures of the beautiful venue on the next day at the exhibition, with some of my favourite paintings on show: