This summer I participated, for the second time, in the Rafael Botí live painting contest, held in the town of Torrelodones, Madrid. I had also participated last year and it was a wonderful experience.

This was the 16th edition of the Rafael Botí live painting contest of Torrelodones, the second most important of Spain in its category.

The jury decides at the end of the day and selects the works that will be exhibited, and the six awarded. Last year, my work was selected between the 23 selected for the exhibition and I was very happy of the result, and this year I wanted to participate again with the intention of getting a award. Why not?… I was confident I could create something inspired by the town and to draw the attention of the jury.

Personal challenges set you in motion, you always have to try, and it is important to enjoy the process regardless of the outcome.

With that in my mind, I decided to spend more time thinking what I wanted to create and went ahead and used different techniques in the same work so I created a painting on wood with acrylic, transfer and finished with beeswax.

My work was awarded with an honorary recognition and selected among the 6 most important works.

The exhibition of selected award-winning works is already installed and will be on display until September 12 at the Rafael Villaseñor and Botí rooms at the Culture House in Torrelodones, Madrid.

Tamara Kreisler