an international timed live painting event happening all over the world & I was selected as one of the 12 artists to participate at the very first Battle in China on 5th May 2018.
When I applied, I didn't think I would actually get selected as I wasn't really a painter but a screen printer, but then the email came through & it was happening. I had to decide what I wanted to paint. I knew I wanted to do something blocky with buildings & shapes as the cityscape & architecture of Shanghai was super inspiring around the time of the event. I picked a few photos that I loved & did a few studies; small scale. Loved the colours, composition etc. I also, had to have a second painting in mind, in case I made it to the final which was a bit harder but prepared something.
The day came & it was a rainy one at that with a few location changes & actually thinking the event was going to be an absolute washout. But people came, a few hundred I think, the event was on!
I was in the second round, after seeing the first one, my nerves calmed down a little as I thought I knew what to expect. When my turn came, I collected my colours, brushes, tape & the rest of the tools. The buzzer sounded & was doing well until I couldn't mix the yellow ochre colour to save my life. After that, it kind of just went downhill & wasn't really happy with it. However, had to look at it as an amazing challenge in front of this huge crowd to finish a painting in 20 minutes.
I didn't make it to the final but my friend actually won the whole competition so I was super happy. All the paintings were up for an auction at the end of the event & my one found a home too, at a VP's home.