OGDEN -- Michelangelo took four years to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
He would have been out of his league on Saturday morning, when painters scattered across the city with just four hours to create their impressions of Ogden.
The Quick Draw contest, also known as Plein Air, began at 8:30 Saturday morning as part of the Ogden Arts Festival.
After having their blank canvas stamped, artists went to work. They had exactly four hours from start to finish before returning their work to the judges.
"Scouting out a spot to paint is half the battle," said Roberta Glidden. "Especially when you have a gun to your head. That's why I got here as early as possible."
Glidden was painting Union Pacific rail car 4436 in front of the Union Station.
"When you have to paint fast, every stroke counts," she said. "I love it, though. I've painted this before. I find that when you paint the same thing you make a lot of progress, kind of like Claude Monet."
Eb Froehlich had never heard of Ogden until he searched online for something to do with his paintings.
"I live in Boulder, Colorado, and read about the Ogden Arts Festival online," he said. "So I got in my car and drove up here and decided to enter the Quick Draw contest. I absolutely love it here. It's beautiful."
Froehlich found a quiet area behind the Ogden Union Station to paint a Union Pacific rail car. He had one hour to go before the deadline.
"I wanted to paint something here because this is such a historical area," he said. "I've got this really neat paint that has ferrous oxide, which is found in rust, so it makes it look very real."
Ilona Adams entered the competition just for the fun of it, but was also hoping to sell her painting by the end of the day.
"I need to pay the bills, so I'm hoping someone will like it and buy it," she said. "I have a few talents. Sewing is not one of them, but painting is. I've been painting since I was about 5 years old. I really enjoy being out here. There are so many great artists."
McGarren Flack was painting abandoned buildings along Wall Avenue. Years ago, he was headed for medical school but discovered a love for art and went on to get a masters degree in painting and drawing.
"I started doing this about 10 years ago after taking a drawing class and really enjoying it," he said. "I was also a judge two years ago during this contest and decided it would be fun to compete this year."
Besides the Quick Draw competition, the festival included dozens of artist booths. There were also several arts and crafts areas for children to try their hand. Dinosaur Park, the Ogden Nature Center, Nurturethecreativemind.com, Eccles Community Art Center and Fairy Fun Faces provided some of the activities for children.