Ellicott City Plein Air continued:
"Greens for Lunch"
Saturday morning was the Quick Draw competition. We all (62 artists) got two hours to complete a painting, then we all gathered for an immediate judging and prizes. I decided to paint the festive umbrellas outside the little cafes. It was a fabulous sunny morning, I had a nice shady spot, a large iced coffee, and a big macaroon dipped in chocolate to inspire me. I wasn't worried about the time constraints, since I was using pastels. Life was good! After the closing buzzer, we all packed up and took our entries to be juried. I was quite surprised to see most of the juried artists had already framed their pieces! Next year. There was a big crowd, and a number of pieces were sold in the first 20 minutes, including mine. There were some very good artist there.
Then, much to my astonishment, I won first prize! The judge said he liked it because it was so happy and friendly. The nice lady who bought it was even more pleased than I was.
Nancy Freeman has a decades-long fascination with digital art which she supports by painting portraits and teaching various art subjects. Right now she devotes most of her creative time to digital art because it's so satisfying.