EXCITING: Live painting.
EXCITING: Live painting. Contributed

Live painting competition comes back to Beach Arts Music

WITH the success of September's live painting competition, organiser Lynn Thomson is arranging another for November.

September at Beach Arts and Music (BAM) had an energised live painting competition between local artists.

Artists had one hour to complete their works on canvas, and were allowed to prepare their canvas by applying one base colour and sketching their planned creation.

The techniques and ideas were varied, with many participants creatively interpreting the theme 'spring'.

Lynn said: "The 60-minute time limit was almost perfect for the majority of entrants. The high standard of completed work was a credit to the artists."

She hopes to bring the 'art' factor back to Beach Art and Music and was inspired by 1960s fence-painting competitions, often used by schools and churches to raise money.

Lynn says to artists considering entering: "Feel the fear and do it anyway".

The host for BAM, Darryl Branthwaite, found the interpretation of the theme the most fascinating.

"From African elephants with their calves, to spring racing fascinators," he said.

He is excited about the next event.

Last month's winner Irene Sparks said: "I loved it. It was such a great idea and the spontaneity in the work was wonderful."

Natalie Heinemann, who watched last time said: "It was good seeing all the different techniques and ideas of what to paint. It's great this is happening again."

The next competition will be running at BAM on Saturday, November 2, with a cash prize of $100 for the winner, as voted by the audience.