First, I need to add my voice to the praises for Curt. Despite the fact that there were 60 challengers (more than twice last year's figure) he managed to run a tight ship with prompt updates and scores, even for the bonus rounds. In addition, he managed to do some pretty cool painting!
Secondly, the rest of the gang need to be mentioned. The quality of the submissions was outstanding and inspiring; often amusing and wonderfully varied in subject matter. But more importantly, the spirit in which the Challenge was conducted was unfailingly good-natured (even during the blip that was 'Spidergate'). No submission was made without being welcomed by a host of compliments. Even that supposed home of banter and 'badger'-baiting, the Facebook Group, didn't have any unpleasantness: I'm glad to see that the group will continue.
Despite the Challenge being based on quantity rather than quality, I was a little apprehensive in deciding to join it. For the reasons indicated above, I need not have worried. It was a blast, and I enjoyed every minute!
I'm not sure if my painting has improved any, but the experience and support from my fellow challengers (and you, dear readers!) has certainly boosted my confidence in my abilities. I will never match some of the high-fliers, but I'm perfectly happy with where I am and where I'm going.
I certainly hope to be able to take part again. Perhaps I'll go for 1K!
The numbers thing...
My target was 500 points (which was a stab in the dark). In the end I reached 829 and was placed 27th on the table. I didn't go in it for the points, but it's pleasing to reach such respectable figures - of course I got a great fillip (350 points) from meeting a personal goal of entering all the bonus rounds.
So What Did I Paint?
No grand plans or spreadsheets for me! I had a vague idea of what I wanted to paint, and I'd thought about the different bonus rounds, but mainly it was just what I fancied. Things were mainly painted in the order they were submitted, if you want to imagine a progression.
Click on the links for my description and more pics...