I’m looking forward to my 7th year of participation at Paint the Town in Annapolis Royal on August 20 & 21, 2016. This annual weekend event brings 80 artists from all over Nova Scotia to join in an outdoor painting race that will raise thousands for the arts council and artists.
I say ‘race’ because artists have about 6 hours each day to paint as many auction-worthy pieces as possible. The pressure is on and it’s a great exercise, if exhausting. It’s a time for painters to see what each other is doing. And it’s also quite a bargain for the collectors, with many paintings selling for less than $100.
I am posting some of my favorite paintings that I’ve painting at the event over the years.
I spend most of my time at the Historic Gardens. The flowers are gorgeous, there is shade and the park-like setting helps me to focus and remain calm. 😉
Throughout the day, ‘runners’ rush the work to the gallery at The Academy at 590 George Street. Silent bids last all day with the auction ending each day at 5pm. Buyers have the option of purchasing paintings at full price before the auction ends.
This is a fabulous opportunity to start or add to a collection of original art by artists at all levels of their careers. It’s also fun to watch people creating on the spot. Check out the list of artists here and the links to their websites.
Here is my packing list for Paint the Town
- small canvases
- acrylic paints
- acrylic markers
- acrylic inks
- gel medium
- Inktense crayons
- water bucket
- French easel
- sketch book
- spray bottle
- latex gloves
- colour shaper
- insect repellent
- business cards