En Plein Air at a Shopping Centre – Day One

City Point Bochum

City Point

Pat Harrison en plein air at a shopping centre

art display at a shopping centre

As promised I should like to tell you about my experience on the first day of painting en plein air at a shopping centre.

As you can see in the photograph of my display I was painting a local scene after a photo I had taken previously.

It took an hour and a half to set up my display. From then on it was fun. Although it was perhaps not the en plein air experience one would expect but at least it was nice and warm indoors. This time of year painting outdoors in freezing temperatures would not have been very pleasant.

A lot of people came by and many stopped to talk to me admiring my work. Needless to say there were no buyers. Well, I do see it more of an advertising exercise than a sales opportunity.

I could have taken several commissions on portraits but as I specialize in landscapes I had to turn them down. Some also wanted to come back with their dogs to have me paint a portrait of their pets.

As I was saying to a musician who came by to admire my work – praise to a painter is what applause is to a musician – it does not pay the bills but it makes you feel good.


About Pat Harrison

Painting and drawing have been my passion from early childhood. I have attended numerous exhibitions in England and Germany. Presented with the Judges Award at a show I now have one of my paintings on permanent display at a museum in Greater London with growing sales and commissions.
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3 Responses to En Plein Air at a Shopping Centre – Day One

  1. Sylvia Evans says:

    Brilliant Pat, as you say no sales but its exposure…I think I got it wrong re what you were going to do..I thought you would be painting the passing scene. This is much better. I’d go for the dog commissions, people portraits mmmmm agree with you, they need to look like the person…,,

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