As many of you may know I have been trying to get into an art competition all summer, this can be challenging when you still do not know many people in the art industry. I found out from my coworkers with Sources Community Living that there would be a Plein Air Art Competition in Ladner, only a few blocks from where I work. Luckily for me the competition would take place before the start of my shift. Artists had to pay a small fee to enter and I was surprised to discover that there would be 100 artists competing, the Grand Prix had sold out! There were two categories: youth and adult artists. Each competing artist had to draw a location from a box an hour from start time, not knowing where and what you will paint is half the fun! The painting began at 10am and finished at 1pm. I had so much fun doing this, I realized that time pressure works in my favor when painting, my piece turned out very impressionistic, a style I have always loved but never created.
It turns out this year for the Grand Prix is the first ever art circuit here in B.C. This is exciting news for all the local artists. With thousands of dollars in prizes and awards given out to those competing its great to hear there will be two more competitions after this one. The next stage for the Grand Prix is in Qualicum July 25, then Steveson September 19. Check it out on the Grand Prix website for more information on how to get involved.