Mon. Feb 26th, 2024

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These conversant in these posts will know by now, this overview considers:

  • the placement and climate
  • the artists’ profiles
  • themes arising in the course of the episode
  • judges decision-making
  • who was shortlisted and who received.

Location and Climate

This week the artists pods have been erected alongside the harbour wall in
Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, 15 miles south of Aberdeen, on the north east coast of
Pods on the Harbour Wall at Stonehaven
Stonehaven Harbour was designed by the well-known engineer
Robert Stephenson (grandfather of Robert Louis) to supply a secure place for
the herring fishing boats to tie up and be shielded from storms at sea-
previous to the collapse of the fishing business at Stonehaven.

It is primarily now a centre for leisure and tourism – which might account
for the big variety of guests to the place the place the artists have been
portray. I do not suppose I’ve ever seen so many individuals getting so near
the rear of the pods.

The pods have been facet on to the buildings and boats on the interior wall of the

The pods on the harbour wall and the view of the twon towards the hill

The climate for the fourth warmth was a not untypical daynfor the realm. It was
overcast with thick cloud after which rained closely half means via the

The Artists

Artists within the Pods

Artists pictured on a break from portray

Under you will discover profiles of the eight pod artists. Hyperlinks within the names
are to their web sites

I would come with the hyperlink to the movies of the works in progress of every of the work alongside the names of all of the artists and the social media hyperlinks they supplied on the time – however it’s not but been revealed. Perhaps the manufacturing staff are having an off day too? Or perhaps they’re having issues with the movies?

That is the hyperlink for the place it ought to be once they get spherical to it 

Wildcard artists on the harbour wall

Themes and studying Factors

As traditional, I’ve drawn out some themes and studying factors from this warmth.

Is a portray concerning the artist or the place?

This query could possibly be stated to be one the important thing conundrums about panorama

  • An artist all the time must be true to themselves. 
  • But on the similar time, a contest about panorama portray is perhaps anticipated to give attention to work which really present a way of place.

We do not typically see artworks on this competitors which look completely nothing just like the place itself. 

But we did on this one. Considering again, the final episode had a painter who used colors which have been alarmingly at variance with the scene in entrance of the painter. So is that this a brand new development? 

  • Are the Judges deciding on artists to allow them to look “edgy” and speak about different methods of portraying landscapes? 
  • Can we anticipate to see extra “off the wall” painters in future episodes?

Frankly my tackle it’s, for a panorama portray competitors, I am extra inquisitive about people who find themselves 

  • skilled in creating panorama artwork
  • get pleasure from creating panorama artwork
  • paint landscapes that almost all of us recognise as being a few particular place.

Anytime Sky Arts needs to do a programme concerning the imaginative capability of some artists, I will not be watching. 

AND AGAIN! Background, foreground, center floor, perspective 

Kathleen Soriano is thrashing this specific drum very loud this 12 months. I
fully agree it is extremely essential.

Nevertheless I feel she could be very badly mistaken about how she defines foreground and
center floor. That is the remark she made – which was stated concurrently this image was broadcast. (I took a photograph of my tv with the captions on)

Now this is perhaps a case of very dangerous modifying and Kathleen was really trying in a totally totally different place on the time however for me:

  • the foreground is the water
  • the center floor are the buildings and boats and reflections.
  • when you crop again, the buildings are the center floor and the reflections are the foreground – as in Sophie’s portray.

Does Kathleen not rely water as foreground? Plus there’s all the time a foreground, center floor and background – you simply should search for them and bear in mind they don’t seem to be all the time predictable.

Not true! Water is the foreground and reflections and boats are the center floor

Then we received one other remark about perspective – which was additionally very odd – see beneath. I could not perceive it. I had no drawback seeing perspective and distance – albeit the attitude is flatter than traditional and the vanshing factors are means off to the left and proper

Perhaps the flatness of the sunshine and the color of the buildings made the whole lot “merge” – however I can see massive zonal shapes which reveal each perspective and distance.

So nothing to do with the buildings getting smaller as they get additional away?

Flat, flat, flat – and gray!

It was characterised by everyone as a really gray day with very flat
 Not helped by the very fact they have been in Stonehaven – famed for its
granite – or the rain which arrived within the afternoon!

Primarily what it meant was that:

  • color was diminished besides to the extent that it contrasted
    successfully with greyish tones of options within the panorama (eg orange
    buoys and ambulances with acid yellow markings). What this presents – for
    these intelligent sufficient to recollect – is that you may have a whole lot of enjoyable
  • the tonal vary was additionally very diminished – the intense contrasts
    of darkish and light-weight that you just get on a sunny and vivid day have been completely
    absent. One of many painters (James?) commented that he was simply focusing
    on whether or not one thing was darkish or mild. That appeared fairly a wise
    view because the gradations of gray have been very delicate.

Holding issues easy on days like this and utilizing a really managed palette – as a few of the painters demonstrated – can create a really efficient portray on days like this.

What it’s good to learn about portray water

Kate Bryan supplied a synopsis of her checklist of issues all artists must know
earlier than going anyplace close to tidal water in a pod. These basically boiled
right down to:

  • be assured about portray water i.e. it’s good to know what’s
    totally different about it and the way it works. Making an allowance for that tidal water is
    very, very totally different to lakes and rivers.
  • how do the artists really feel about reflections – which I believed was a
    little bit of an odd factor to say. How you’re feeling about them principally dictates whether or not or not you are going to paint them – as a result of when you don’t love
    them, you may undoubtedly keep away from them and paint one thing else as a substitute! (There isn’t any rule that you need to paint water!) Presumably what she meant was do they
    really feel positive you actually know and perceive about how reflections
  • have they braced themselves for the tide? A superb level which I’ve
    banged on about rather a lot prior to now. Primarily as quickly as you understand you
    are anyplace close to tidal water you desire a copy of the native tide tables.
    Otherwise you pay money for them upfront and take them with you!! You might want to
    know what the drop is and the way lengthy does it take to occur.
After the tide goes out!
Harbour wall in background: Wildcards
on the left and pod artists on proper

She did make an excellent level i.e. 

“They have to make superb selections within the morning” 

Kathleen additionally made the very sound level that that is a kind of instances when it does
make sense to take images of the reflections on the water. 

That is the portray that Sophie Parr was trying to color in 4 hours
with out realising that it was really going to take one other 25 hours to
end it!! I feel I higher
write that publish about reflections – however would possibly must do some drawings
first concerning the influence on angles.

Water after all would not solely current itself in entrance of you. It could additionally
come down from the sky and this was one other Warmth which was severely affected
by rain – this time within the afternoon. 

Kieran made the purpose
of utilizing the change within the climate so as to add in each the rain and the umbrellas
to his portray! It actually made it then stand out from the others which
have been nonetheless “as if” it have been morning.

Working out of steam / slowing down / overworking

Come the tip of the day, there are totally different responses from varied
artists to the stress to get a accomplished art work over the road when 4
hours runs out.

Some commented that they have been:

  • operating out of steam
  • slowing down
  • involved about overworking
  • really overworking

To me they’re totally different sides – or edges – of the identical coin.

When you’ve got not practiced portray in a really concentrated means for 4 hours
then you’ll not have developed the stamina and focus wanted to color for
4 hours. 

those that do nicely within the artist of the 12 months programmes are those that are skilled panorama painters who’ve
practiced portray to the 4 hour time restrict on a variety of

Realizing what it looks like signifies that you develop in confidence of
your talents to ship throughout the time restrict and therefore you spend much less
time worrying about whether or not you are going to make it. Worrying means you
grow to be much less centered, make errors and are usually much less nicely organised to

By the use of distinction
Andrew Barrowman described himself as “slowing down” slightly than dashing
to recover from the road.
He is aware of that it is essential to have a while for reflection inbuilt close to
the tip so you have got time to see very clearly what wants tweaking. You can’t
mirror when you really feel rushed and nonetheless have tons to do. So once more this can be a
time administration problem and a product of maturity i.e. a lot of expertise of portray to a
time restrict.

One other artist expressed concern about overworking. It is good to know
what are the elements to attempt to keep away from. Nevertheless good time administration and
consciousness of the necessity to keep away from overworking ought to imply artists develop good
practices which imply you remove the scope for overworking.

I feel I noticed some overworking going down BEFORE THE END. This
tends to occur when individuals spend far too lengthy on elements of the portray
that they like the perfect – suggesting that they’re simply making an attempt to get it
proper – and ignoring the big unpainted areas on their assist. Additionally these work all the time appear to finish up trying slightly odd and unbalanced – a portray of two halves because it have been.

Those that overwork and can’t handle time should not actually prepared for competitions of this kind. I might
very a lot advocate working towards to cut-off dates and getting MUCH higher at
organising their time. 

The Unfinished Work

I feel there was multiple unfinished portray.

Clearly Sophie had run out of time though she had largely
lined her assist it lacked the diploma of end that it deserved
(see above for the one produced with 25 extra hours enter!). For me this was a sign of an bold and expert artist who tends to get bored by portray the straightforward and simple. If that is you too, it’s good to take into consideration how one can adapt to portray in 4 hours.

I feel there have been others which have been much less nicely completed as nicely

  • TIP: Selecting the best measurement
    and form of assist is important to an excellent outcome.
    NOT portray to the sting of the assist all the time makes a portray
    look much less nicely completed and is NOT really useful. It is a straightforward motive to
    discard you from the intense consideration. 
  • TIP: A transparent plan at first
    means you are likely to handle time higher and keep away from an unbalanced
     Having a lot weaker areas of poor drawing and weaker portray can be
    one thing to be averted. Notably when they’re within the centre of the portray. Having a really clear plan at first would imply
    time is allotted higher 

The theme with no remark within the programme

In case you’re filming two heats in Scotland, and the fee goes to be of a
place in Scotland (Orkney), would possibly it’s a good suggestion to attempt to get a
Scottish artist to at the least win one warmth?

What we had within the ultimate was:

  • one Scottish artist dwelling in Scotland – who studied at Glasgow Faculty of Artwork
  • one artist with a Scottish guardian
  • one artist who might paint Scottish colored greys extraordinarily nicely.

To my thoughts it does are likely to counsel a little bit of an intention in the direction of conserving the
locals completely happy! Whether or not they succeeded is one other matter……

I am emphatically not saying the winner just isn’t worthy. Quite that there may need been
slightly extra “in play” when making that exact resolution which was enter earlier than anyone received right into a pod.

Resolution Time

After 4 hours of portray it is time for deliberation and judging of the
artworks produced by the artists. 

Wildcard Winner

I felt we received to see slightly extra of the wildcard artists on this
Perhaps as a result of there weren’t a whole lot of alternatives for cameramen to
wander away as soon as they have been on the harbour wall?

There have been a whole lot of actually attention-grabbing artworks being produced. This is a pair….

I favored this one rather a lot. It was inspected as a result of the artist was
incorporating uncommon paper in to the assist as collage. For me it
supplied an instance of any individual stretching the boundaries and likewise discovering
a means of incorporating extra color whereas nonetheless staying true to the sense
of the place he was and portray. For me it actually seems to be just like the place on that exact day. It could happen to those who
I am highlighting a distinction with one other portray….and so they’d be

(Stuart Norman (Instagram) contacted me together with his particulars after seeing my publish. Stuart lives in Kelso and paints the Borders panorama in acrylics, oils,  and metropolis scenes in watercolours. You may see the completed model on the hyperlink beneath the picture beneath)

This subsequent one is by means of distinction. In my head, that is referred to as “a
gray day portray”. It is extra of an illustration with a totally white
background after which nice consideration paid to portray all of the options of the
constructing accurately together with all of the stones. It’s extremely a lot monochrome – –
in line with the very gray day. I slightly suppose it is a drawing which might be a lot appreciated by the locals.

a meticulous portray on a really gray day

The winner was Katie Kerr from Edinburgh – who seems to be an
beginner artist.  Tai commented that her portray benefited from a
heat wash of color and he cherished her markmaking. It actually regarded just like the place she was portray.

Wildcard winner at Stonehaven
Katie Kerr together with her a lot admired

The Shortlist

The rain meant that the judging needing to be in an enormous shed on the harbour.

Under you’ll be able to see the warmth work and the artists ready for the
announcement concerning the shortlisting. As you’ll be able to see a lot of the boards are someplace between medium and huge. No very small plein air boards in sight!

Accomplished warmth work lined up for judging

You may see the podt artists with their work on the prime of this publish.

I completely can not make any sense of this shortlist. Therefore greater than one of many themes above. It appears to boil down to 2
pretty conventional painters and one actually ‘whacky’ alternative.

 The shortlist have been:

  • Tony Griffin
  • Amy Auld
  • Daniel Roy Sharples.

There’s slightly lots of people who agree with me – about who was inexcusably lacking from the shortlist .

What I actually don’t perceive is why Andrew Barrowman’s giant charcoal drawing was overlooked given all of the very optimistic feedback from the Judges which made the modifying lower.

In earlier episodes of LAOTY and PAOTY there’s very clear proof
that the Judges attempt to embrace a variety of media and kinds within the shortlist if in any respect attainable. For instance, if two work are very related, they embrace the perfect one. If there’s an art work executed in several media which is excellent they have a tendency to incorporate it. 

I’ve to say I’ve made this level about his unfair exclusion on Fb – and shared a publish of the finished drawing – and received LOTS of people that additionally agreed it ought to on the very least been within the ultimate shortlist and have been very disenchanted it was overlooked.  I feel Andrew ought to be allowed to compete once more – ought to he select to take action.

Tony Griffin

Tony Griffin: Submission and Warmth Portray

I used to be very impressed with Tony’s submission which I feel very presumably tipped the steadiness as to why he was winner. He is received an excellent grasp of shapes, zones, proportion, perspective and the best way to lead an eye fixed via a portray.

I initially thought his submission portray was going to be too vibrant however the completed model I feel will get the steadiness proper and can be one of many higher designed artworks on the day.

Most of all it is vitally recognisably Stonehaven and specifically Stonehaven on that day.

My conclusion: Tony is a really ‘secure’ painter for a fee though perhaps not probably the most thrilling. As in I am undecided I might recognise a portray as being his art work in an exhibition.

Amy Auld

Amy Auld: Submission and Warmth Portray

Any’s response to being shortlisted – big shock – was just about
the identical as that skilled by a whole lot of these watching on tv. Together with me.          

To my thoughts this was an instance of Judges being self-indulgent and
having little or no regard for what a lot of the viewing inhabitants
dwelling in Scotland would possibly suppose
. Speaking about being transported to the
Caribbean just isn’t actually one thing that claims very a lot about an historical
port city on what generally is a very chilly and gray nook of the UK.

I feel Amy was within the combine as a result of she likes portray water and had a
Scottish guardian. Plus she has an attention-grabbing and imaginative model.
I’ve completely no drawback in any respect together with her being in a pod to reveal that
there are alternative ways of portray landscapes. It provides her rising
artwork profession a lift in and of itself that is advantageous.

Nevertheless once you ignore higher extra completed artworks by higher
artists with confirmed panorama expertise in a contest, then I feel we have
reached the purpose the place judges really want to account for his or her
standards for choice and high quality assurance wants to return into play
from “any individual”.

So let me be clear. I am not having a go at Amy. I am being very
important of the Judges. 

Daniel Roy Sharples

I very a lot favored Daniel’s work. I feel they demonstrated a
distinctive model and he has a knack of choosing the proper palette for a spot and time of day.

Daniel Roy Sharples: Submission and Warmth Portray

I believed his submission jogged my memory of Peter Brown (and that is no dangerous factor) and it was attention-grabbing he selected an city panorama and really included individuals. Most panorama painters run a mile from together with individuals! The extra abandoned the panorama the extra they prefer it! It is actually a really efficient work and one which might bounce off the wall at your eyeballs in an exhibition.

His portray of Stonehaven would I feel be very a lot appreciated by native individuals and likewise be very completely happy hanging on the partitions of a lot of people who find themselves very conversant in what it is like dwelling in a spot which experiences a lot of cloud and flat mild.

I actually favored the directional marks means he made together with his brushes.  They imparted power and motion when little or no existed in actuality – however have been subdued sufficient to not be a problem.

Kate remarked how she lastly appreciated the best way the portray “exploded” out from the darkish blue boat within the center.

I am seeing loads of perspective, zoning, foreground, center floor and background and distance. It was sitting there on a regular basis ready to be discovered – which Daniel did extraordinarily nicely.

For the report, I feel I might have chosen Daniel as my winner from this shortlist.


Warmth 4 Winner

The winner was Tony Griffin.

Tony’s response suggests this was a really sudden honour

The remark on the finish instructed that Tony was actually good at giving an actual sense of harbour and place and the climate on the day. On the similar time it was “recent and beautiful and a whole work”.


Subsequent week: Liverpool Waterfront – The Three Graces

  • the Royal Liver Constructing, 
  • The Cunard Constructing and 
  • the Port of Liverpool Constructing 

which might all be discovered on Liverpool’s Pier Head.


For all these inquisitive about getting into the sequence which might be filmed
in summer time 2024
(throughout June/July) – see my weblog publish about
Name for Entries: Panorama Artist of the Yr Sequence Ten. The deadline for submission is
NOON on Friday third Might 2024 – and
entries are ONLY accepted on-line.

Weblog posts of heats to this point

Previous Sequence – Critiques

You can even learn previous opinions of the Panorama Sequence of the Yr
which very many earlier pod artists – and wildcards – have stated
they’ve discovered useful.

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  • lists all opinions I’ve revealed for sequence episodes broadcast
    between 2018 and 2023
  • along with the subjects / themes /TIPS I recognized in every
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