Fast Painting in Yecla: 3rd Prize

I'm not sure how but I managed to win a third place (one of four) at the Ninth Annual National Fast Painting Contest in Yecla on Saturday - the first time I've ever won anything at a national-level contest. For the extremely young winner and photos of us painters going at it on the streets of Yecla, see (in Spanish).

This was my first time experimenting with a dye called nogalina in Spanish, normally used to stain wood. It's made of walnut and comes in a crystal form. What I didn't know about it was that when you throw water on it, even if it's dry, it reconstitutes itself, making for a mess if you aren't careful. I was so frustrated with the painting at the end of the day I almost didn't hand it in. Glad I did. I won't complain about the money but in truth I was very, very surprised to have won anything.