On Saturday 16th July 2016 I had great fun participating in the Windsor En-Plein Art competition, held as part of Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday celebrations. The weather obliged by being sunny and didn't rain. Considering it was held at the height of the tourist season everything ran very smoothly. 1000's of castle visitors passed through and enjoyed the spectacle of 90 artists scattered around the grounds painting intently.
Up the Hill! was the result of 5 hours of non-stop painting and a 4pm dead-line. It was intense! Unfortunately I didn't manage to finish but was close enough. Having painted abstract and conceptual for a few years it was strange to be painting a structured building again.
I was on Tower Hill (red X on map) and positioned myself in shade for most of the day; many other artists boiled in the sun and there were a few of cases sunburn.
A pop-up exhibition followed and presentation of prizes by the Windsor Mayor. All the artists were treated to a delicious buffet and drinks. It was great fun and I look forward to next year!