Yesterday saw the fifth annual Salisbury Paint off take place in the Cathedral cloisters.
It's such lovely day. I really wish we could do three or four of these every year, as they are so much fun.
The artists pitch up between 10 and 11 am, set up, collect your canvas and off you go!
Some artists work on the view in front of them, others on other work that they've planned, or even working entirely as the mood takes them. Many work on their own, but I was delighted to see some really innovative collaborative work going on too.
Last year, I attempted the early english gothic architecture that sat before before me. This year, working from a couple of sketches and a photo for reference I created a seascape base in Hengistbury Head. I was much more comfortable with this, and I was delighted to discover some folks recognising my style from seeing my work elsewhere. High praise indeed.
I really enjoyed myself yesterday. I chatted to so many people, which was lovely, as so many artists lead a pretty solitary existence in their studio, that its great to share ideas and ideals with like minded individuals.
This year the Paint off also co-incided with the craft and heritage fair, which was on the West lawn of the cathedral close. Lots of people filled the close, eager to take in some visual art, listen to some acoustic music and general have a lovely day out.
There will be an auction of the completed work on Wednesday 10th Sept at 6.30pm at Salisbury Arts centre. If you fancy a bargain, this is the place to come, as work from professional artists regularly goes for significantly less they would usually sell for. Come along and snap up a great work of art at a great price.
Long may this lovely tradition continue. I'm already planning my canvas for next year's event.