Yesterday I left you with my “finished” Landscape Artist of the Year Painting I felt I’d done well in the circumstances, although I would have preferred to do more on it. I’d achieved my goal of finishing in the time. By now, I’d seen where the Wildcards were placed and their location is more suited to my style. We were allocated slots so given no choice in our location. Personally, I’d have chosen one of these two. Having finished the paintings we were encouraged to look at the work of our fellow competitors. I managed to see the people either side of me before we were whisked away to the Island. This was to allow the judges to make their decision and to film the comments. We were not permitted to hear what they were saying. To keep us busy they did more filming. Throughout the day we’d been doing “Vox pops” – interviews where you talk to the camera. A production assistant asks you a question which you then answer, including the question but not looking at the camera, Sometimes it was hard to keep a straight face as various sound engineers and lighting men tried to hold their […]
Last night I made my TV debut on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the year. Filming it was a surreal experience, so I thought I’d share what happened. After all the preparation was done and I was finally in Kent. The day began early. We had to be at Scotney castle by 7am. It was grey and drizzly, we were all prepared for a cold soggy day. I was met by a production assistant and we were taken down down the hill to the pods so we could see where we’d be painting.I was relieved to find architecture dominated but the view was dull. After racing back uphill, we were then told to grab some breakfast while we were being briefed. Miking up was next, and that stayed on ALL day. I quickly found the “off” switch so I could have some privacy. We were chaperoned everywhere. I initially thought it weird but quickly realised it was so they could find us and not hold up production. Filming then began. Walking past the paintings, Here’s the piece that I submitted and features in the first part. Then more filming Walking to the pods with our equipment, Setting up, looking at […]
Landscape Painting often involves plein air sketching. That translates as “painting outside” to the average person. I have done landscape paintings and sketched outside in the past and will do so in the future. But there’s nothing quite like painting in the studio. Especially when you work in watercolour and it’s wet and windy outside. I’m often asked whetherI paint in situ, and yes I do. In fact I’ll be sharing my last excursion to the House of Commons with you quite soon. But mine is not a technique that lends itself to outside work. I can do the drawing part at an easel fine. It’s when I start the painting I have issues. First, I have to paint flat. Many effects my work relies on would be lost if I inclined the surface. I’m not averse to drips, but I want the ink to move in many directions. You can see in this landscape painting of London in progress. Notice how the ink goes up? gravity wouldn’t let me do that. Then there’s the salt and blooms I use to create effects. These take time to form. Jostling them around, to take them home, would disrupt the process. Besides […]
Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year is in it's second year. A finished painting in 4 hours, when I normally take 15+, no pressure there then!
This is how I prepared after being selected to take a place in one of the pods. Although what happened is still pretty hush, hush so you'll need to watch it it you want to find out if it worked.!
Ever look at Contemporary Architecture and wonder…? How it came about? Who had the idea? Why did they put that there? Obviously, these questions have simple answers. Contemporary Architecture is where it is because someone had a need for a building(s). This was the space they had and they got the money. But sometimes I look at buildings and my mind races. Maybe there is a bigger picture? I took this photograph as one of many attempts to include all three of these buildings in one image. I thought no more until I rediscovered it and the cogs started whirring. I’ve been planning to do this painting for a while. The Tricky part was getting all the buildings into the same photo, without editing, whilst creating a balanced composition. The title also proved elusive for a while, but I got there. As I was painting I noticed they reminded me of a group of people chatting on a street corner. They all stand taller than the surrounding buildings. The youthfull Cheesegrater (er sorry I mean the Leadenhall Building), but a few years old. The mature Gherkin AKA 30 St Mary Axe, and the elder statesman of the Lloyds Building. Here’s […]
I’m often asked “Where do you find the time to paint?” I’m married to my wonderful husband and a mother of 3 active young people. We have a dog and cat. I’m also building a business around my art. I’ll be honest with you, sometimes I wonder myself. When I’m on a tight deadline “Planned Neglect”is the simple answer. Before you start calling the NSPCC or social services, the neglect I’m talking about is more on the lines of housework. If I have a deadline, housework goes out the window. I make sure my family is fed, have clothes to wear and are where they should be in time. We’re usually on time, OK sometimes we might be a little late but most of the time we make it. That’s usually only when I have a deadline though. The rest of the time I try to be more organised. These are the Top 10 tips which keep me on track, Have a studio – By leaving things set up so that when you’re at the studio you just get on and paint/draw. Your studio can be part of a room or a proper studio like mine below. When I started […]