STEVESTON GRAND PRIX OF ART: FIRST PLACE MASTER'S CATEGORY 2018 WINNER!
Updated: Feb 18, 2020
It was a first for me to take part in the Steveston Grand Prix Art organized by the Travelling Brush: 3 hrs, plein air (outdoor painting), rain or shine, 40 locations, locations drawn by lottery one hour before competition, (so there's very little planning or studying to do) and about 117 artists who competed.
I try to paint every day, so in a way, this is just another day...at least that's what I kept telling myself since the size I chose to paint in was much bigger than usual. That changes quite a bit of my workflow but it was a chance for me to test how much I was able to learn from inside the studio and see how I fare with rain in the skies. Que Sera Sera! No one ever said that painting outdoors is going to be easy.
I got #17, Garry Point, Scotch Pond. The tent was in place and another artist had already settled herself nicely. I did wondered why the tent was put so close to the cannery shed (?) It was right up against the shed's wall and the only view to paint was the dike, some bushes and water. I later on found out that the artist moved the entire tent! (Is that possible? I guess it's ok to move the tent, anywhere within 15 feet if it's raining?) It was even more of a challenge for me since I had to move my painting, duck in the tent when it rained.
There was very little time to experience my surrounding, to hear the stories, to meet the people. It was a matter of quickly capturing the feel of the place and interpreting it through the pigment of my imagination.
I DID IT! I got the blue ribbon and the Dan Gray Cup!
My painting sold to a lovely couple named John and Yetzka. John told me: There are only 5 houses across that pond. The middle house is where they live. There's a hallway through the front door with a wall. That's where the painting will be so anyone who walks in will see it.
As I look back, putting myself in the shoes of the organizer, the event was such an ambitious undertaking. The many moving parts of the event was clearly beyond what the staff of Travelling Brush staff/Phoenix Art Supplies Store can handle. All the residents who volunteered came together that day for the love of art and people. Even if I'm no longer a resident, I truly felt the spirit of community and hope I could do my part in highlighting the volunteers who have shown me what a community is and what it can do when people come together for a common goal.