Last weekend I entered a painting competition with my good buddy Helen. This was the first painting competition I'd ever entered - possibly an outdoor competition in the middle of Winter was not the best idea, but still. We had fun.
Paint These Gardens was run by the Friends of the St Kilda Botanic Gardens - it's one of my favourite places to go in Melbourne, even though it's so close to the beach there aren't usually too many people there, and it's so close to lovely cafes & shops whilst still being rather secluded.
The brief - spend your time in the gardens, painting. Painting time ran over three days, I got a bit (a lot) worried as we didn't go on the first day, so by the time we turned up on Sunday there were some amazing paintings in progress. I decided to stick with my style, and painted this little guy - the trees are rather vaguely reminiscent of some in the Gardens.
All the paintings were hung together on Monday so voting could occur for the People's Choice award - I had a very angst ridden moment when I was standing near my little painting and heard one man proclaim to another, 'that's not art, that's design.' Ouch. Straight through the heart. No, not really. You can see the winners here.
I've just got a couple of final little things to do to my little fox, then it will be available for sale in my Etsy shop.