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Flowers at Lily’s, Five O’clock Shadow

July 26, 2017

Flowers at Lily’s – Oil on Linen Panel – 10″ x 8″

These works were completed for the Quick Paint Competition at Cedarburg.

Having never participated in the Cedarburg Competitions, I was uncertain how crowded this area might be. 150 artists in the competition. You get your canvas stamped and have 2-1/2 hours to get out, paint and return with a completed and framed painting. Not much time to travel from the check-in station.

Scouted the flower pot and anticipated the shadows. Set up my gear, made some thumbnail sketches, and prepared some piles of paint mixtures. Left my set-up while I made my way across the street to get the canvas stamped and start my race against time.

Not a bad morning for painting. Interrupted a couple times by people that did not realize the focused rush that was at work. Not much time for chit-chat. Good news is that I finished and returned with the framed work with a few minutes to spare. The work showed real well under the gallery lighting. Sold too, so that was good.

Five O’clock Shadow – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

An unexpected challenge. This was a problem child.

We had the opportunity to complete a second quick paint with the opportunity to replace the first work if we deemed the second work better.

I found this scene, anticipated the opportunity that shadows could present. Got everything ready and made my way to the check in station with my canvas panel. I placed the canvas panel face down and pointed to the space where I desired the volunteer to place the official stamp. Took a moment to sign the check in sheet and noticed the volunteer placing the official ink stamp in the middle of the front of the canvas. I now had to somehow cover the stamp while trying to complete the painting within the time frame.

I let loose with a rather loud “What are you doing?” Thank goodness no naughty words came out (as I recall). The officials got involved but did not allow any additional time to repair the handicap given.

No choice. Get out and get busy painting. Worked this painting as quickly as I could with the intention of leaving plenty of time to pile on paint as necessary to cover the stamp in the middle of my painting. Did the best I could but some of the stamp still showed through. I decided not to use this work for the competition.

Although not authorized, I did take time a couple days later to pile paint over the stamp before turning this work in to be used by the committee to fill in wall space as works were sold. Good news. You cannot see the stamp!

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