What happens when an Irish painter misses his flight
Gerard and his wife Agata spend ten beautiful days on the sunny coast of Spain. When the voyage comes to an end (because, sadly, it does even in Gerard’s world), it happens that they “miss” their return flight to London. It isn’t the typical kind of miss to be fair. Somehow the airline 'forgets' to inform its passengers that when a flight is some minutes past midnight it technically means that the flight is scheduled to leave a day before.
What happens as a result? Well, two things.
The aircraft takes off without Agata and Gerry. At that time of its departure, completely oblivious to what they are about to find out in a few hours, they happen to be sipping vino tinto on the terrace with the most spectacular sea views.
That gives them one whole day more in Spain.
And to Gerry, twenty four whole hours means that literally anything can happen. In 24 hours he gets to see some exceptional street scenes and ends up sketching the Cathedral Tower in Malaga.
Gerard Byrne sketching plein air streets of Malaga, photo credit Hans-Juergen Sommer
It is another opportunity for unarranged occurrences and out of hat plain air sketches. Throughout sketching Hans-Juergen Sommer, a fellow artist, stumbles upon Gerry and takes a photograph of his newly discovered sketching style - not on a canvas, but on vertically positioned block of paper used for watercolour paints.