This weekend I took part in Pintar Rapido. and produced a great painting of Glasgow looking up Buchanan Street from St Enochs Square. The format is you register in the morning and get your material you working on stamped to make sure there is no cheating. The idea is to create a painting in a day. You then hand your work in later in the day and the work is hung overnight and open to the Public on the Sunday. There was 150 of us in Glasgow which is small compared to the 500 in london a few weeks ago.
Painting plein air in this environment is a bit like an athlete. I find you going through the painting in your mind before the event and preparing. You visualize the artwork taking shape and then on the day you are so absorbed in the painting that time just flies until you finished... being in the zone. I had visited and sketched this scene previously so I had a good idea of where and how I was going to proceed.
One of the Joys of painting in a public space is the interaction with people. At one time i felt eyes drilling into back. I turned round to find three construction workers in full high vis gear, arms folded admiring the work in progress. Two came back later to see progress and commented the the exit of the underground looked better in my painting than in the flesh.
I also had some think I was busking and asked if she could make a donation. I think the interaction with people who don't normally go to galleries is a goldmine and there opinions are honest.
Here is the finished painting 5 Hours later (and I was still the first back to hand in (although i had seen other artists already on secon pictures on my way back)
Oil on canvas