Paint Out took to a double-decker bus for fresh plein air views of Norwich

Paint Out on the art bus

Plein Air paintout from an open-top bus!

Paint Out artists on the bus
Paint Out artists on the bus.

Paint Out‘s first public en plein air art event of 2017 saw a dozen or so artists find fresh views and a new perspective of Norwich seen across the Market to the Castle, the Guildhall, and St Peter Mancroft, on a sunny bank holiday weekend Sunday.

The vision of James Colman to keep landscape artists challenged by looking at the urban environment in new ways has seen a hundred artists gather on Mousehold Heath in 2015 for panoramic views of Norwich, and in 2016 saw artists amass in Tombland and take to canoes on the River Wensum. 

Last weekend was the turn of an open-top double-decker bus, supplied by Dolphin Travel with amiable driver, Andrew – who also supplied the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack that kept the artists painting in the hot sun during the afternoon session.

 

Artists featured

Paint Out artists Mary Kallagher and Jan Halliwell
Paint Out artists Mary Kallagher and Jan Halliwell

As well as members of the public including an artist’s teenage son joining in, there were Paint Out regulars including the artists: John Behm, Mary Brady, Karen Adams, Jack Godfrey, Mary Kallagher, and James Colman himself.

Some artists like Jan Halliwell travelled down from Lincolnshire to join the Norfolk paint out on the streets of the city, alongside the bus.

Paint Out welcomes experienced artists to its juried-entry art competitions but also runs public entry paint-outs for artist of all ages and abilities to encourage people into discovering and furthering their artistic creativity. 

Art skills workshops were run the day before to tutor budding and honed talents alike.

The Paint Out Bus will return

Artists on the Paint Out bus
Artists on the Paint Out bus

“The Paint Out bus this weekend provided us with a fantastic hub from which to tell the world about our forthcoming 2017-18 programme plans. Our artists found their elevated experience inspirational.

For contestants at Paint Out Norwich and Wells, it provides a great add-on for our Nocturne and main events and provides a forum with which to engage with the public. Chameleon-like, expect the bus to take on many guises in its quest to take plein air painting across the UK.” – James Colman

Future Paint Out events

Paint Out will be popping up again as guests of the two-day Royal Norfolk Show, June 28-29, and then at our full plein air painting competition events at Wells-next-the-Sea, 15-17 September, and at Norwich, 15-17 October.

Paint Out artists on the bus Mary Brady and John Behm
Paint Out artists on the bus Mary Brady and John Behm. Photo by Katy Jon Went

Paint Out Norwich 2016 Artists Prize Award Winners

Paint Out Norwich 2016 Winning Artists and Paintings - photo by Simon Finlay
Paint Out Norwich 2016 Awards and private view at the Hostery, Norwich Cathedral. Photo Simon Finlay
Paint Out Norwich 2016 Awards and private view at the Hostry, Norwich Cathedral – Photo by Simon Finlay

The 2016 plein air art competition saw 33 artists create over 150 works painted outside in changeable weather across 3 days including the public Tombland paint out.

16 prizes were awarded, the first of which went to Sue Mann, renowned for painting from a bicycle, who won this year’s Spirit of Plein Air Award for being the first to take the plunge and paint from a canoe.

This year we innovated again by running a ‘Freestyle’ larger form, 2-day, event alongside our classic Core event of 4 separate 3-hour painting sessions. Our groundbreaking Nocturne event returned for its second year with an increased number of submissions.

Paint Out Norwich 2016 Winning Artists and Paintings - photo by Simon Finlay
Paint Out Norwich 2016 Winning Artists and Paintings – Photo by Simon Finlay

The new Freestyle event was won by Robert Nelmes for his widescale painting, “Norwich Market”, and the runner up second prize went to Brian Korteling for his very urban Magdalen Street flyover, complete with graffiti, “Waiting for the bus”.  This prize category was sponsored by La Ronde Wright.

Tom Cringle, Untitled, Paint Out Norwich Second Prize overall, Nocturne First Prize - Photo by Katy Jon Went
Tom Cringle, Untitled, Paint Out Norwich Second Prize overall, Nocturne First Prize – Photo by Katy Jon Went

The returning Nocturne event was won by Tom Cringle for his “Untitled” spire at night, with Michael Richardson‘s “Night Time in the Lanes”, coming second. This prize category was sponsored by Sowerbys.

The Core event was won in Mixed Media by Alfie Carpenter, for “Guildhall Aglow”, with runner up Tom Cringle – who also won Second Prize overall, sponsored by La Ronde Wright, lifting his prize total to £500. In Watercolour, Richard Bonds painting of Norwich School playing fields, “Between the Showers”, won, with second place going to Andrew Horrod.

Chris Daynes, The Yellow Canoe, Paint Out Norwich 2016 Oils and Overall First Prize - Photo by Katy Jon Went
Chris Daynes, The Yellow Canoe, Paint Out Norwich 2016 Oils and Overall First Prize – Photo by Katy Jon Went

The Oils category saw second place go to Roger Dellar, and first place to Chris Daynes for “The Yellow Canoe” which also won the overall First Prize and a £1000 in total including his category win, sponsored by Strutt & Parker. We are also grateful to Archant for sponsoring several second placed prizes as well as the Watercolour and Mixed Media categories.

In addition, the three judges – David Curtis, Sue Grayson Ford, and Nick Holmes, also commended oil paintings by Jerome Hunt “Cathedral Facade Shadows”, Tanya Pawsey, “Swans from Bishop Bridge”, and the mixed media piece by Claire Stevens, “Oldest Iron Bridge”.

The Paint Out Norwich 2016 competition, with multiple categories, saw 16 awarded prizes in total, old and new locations, and continues to provide artistic challenges and opportunities for both seasoned plein air professionals and aspiring amateur artists. Over 180 artists registered an interest this year, with over 40 being accepted into the third-year of Paint Out Norwich. 33 took part, producing 140+ paintings in the exhibition.

The art exhibition runs from 19-29 October at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry, access is also open during other arts, literature, music, and theatre events of the Hostry Festival. Over 140 artworks are on display from the artists aged 26-75, some of whom – including a mother and daughter pair – took to Pub and Paddle‘s canoes to paint from the waterline of the River Wensum, discovering new and old views of the city alike.

 

Paint Out Wells 2016 Artist Winners, Prizes & Awards

Judges Nicholas Barnham and Amanda Geitner revealing First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2016 Prize Winners

The Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2016 Artist Prize Winners chosen from over 80 paintings by 19 artists, were: Alfie Carpenter (1st), Tanya Pawsey (2nd), Brian Korteling (3rd) with judge’s commendations to last year’s third placed winner Jack Godfrey and also 2015’s second placed winner Alfie Carpenter -in addition to his first place prize this year.

Paint Out is grateful to local and Shetland artist Nicholas Barnham, and to Amanda Geitner, Director of the East Anglia Arts Fund, for judging the high standard and varied styles of work on display. We are of course indebted to our sponsors Hopkins Homes, Archant, and Sowerbys for providing the generous prizes.

First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went
First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter ‘Hoping for Sun’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

First Prize – Alfie Carpenter

The Paint Out Wells judges awarded Alfie Carpenter the £750 first prize donated by sponsor Hopkins Homes for his large 20″x30″ mixed media dawn collage “Hoping For Sun” created on Wells-next-the-Sea quayside.

“I’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the response and the accolades for my work. I’m really thankful to Paint Out for the opportunity to create new work in such an exciting way and it was an honour to be working alongside such wonderful artists.
I still can’t quite believe it!” – Alfie Carpenter

First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went
First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter ‘Hoping for Sun’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Alfie’s paintings sold out at the Buttlands Exhibition before the Sunday gallery show was half over. The prizes were not announced till 5.30pm but unwittingly the prize-winning painting had already been bought by local Wells Maltings trustee, Nick Skinner and Martin Whiteside. Nick had this to say about his fortunate purchase:

“We enjoyed the Paint Out Wells weekend and as local homeowners it was great to see the artists developing their paintings over time and capturing the town in such different ways. We watched Alfie at work and his painting captured a different view of Wells and one we really liked. We are delighted that others thought so too and would like to congratulate Alfie. Well done to all those involved for a great weekend and we look forward to next year!” – Nick Skinner

Second Prize – Tanya Pawsey

Second Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Tanya Pawsey 'Dancing Boats' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Second Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Tanya Pawsey ‘Dancing Boats’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Tanya Pawsey was torn between painting two works side-by-side in the three-hour session and of the two ended up submitting a closely cropped study in oils of bobbing boats dancing in the water and early Sunday morning light on the harboured-sea. She wins the second prize of £500 donated by sponsor Archant for her 10×12″ work entitled “Dancing Boats, Wells”. Tanya described herself as being “over the moon” to have won a prize:

“I’m over the moon that I’ve won a prize as I was already buzzing with pride at having the courage to take part. I’ve won new friends, encouragement, inspiration and funds to invest into new equipment! [L]ooking forward to Paint Out Norwich next month.” – Tanya’s blog

“Winning an award was the last thing I expected so I’m absolutely thrilled! I’m extremely thankful to everyone involved in Paint Out for making it a most inspiring and encouraging event.” – Tanya Pawsey

Third Prize – Brian Korteling

Third Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Brian Korteling 'The Albatros' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Third Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Brian Korteling ‘The Albatros’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Brian Korteling was awarded the third prize of £250 donated by sponsor Sowerbys for his work entitled “The Albatros” created during a high tide that was flooding across the quayside car park next to where The Albatros ship is moored.

“I was delighted and surprised to win 3rd prize. There was some really high quality and interesting work produced over the weekend and it was a pleasure to take part. Will definitely be back in Wells next year for Paint Out.” – Brian Korteling

Brian has also been selected to take part in Paint Out Norwich in October 2016.

Judge’s commendations

Judges Commendation at Paint Out Wells 2016 Jack Godfrey 'Up (and Down) the Creek' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Judges Commendation at Paint Out Wells 2016 Jack Godfrey ‘Up (and Down) the Creek’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Apart from having to agree on the top three prize awards the two judges: artist Nicholas Barnham and Amanda Geitner, Director of the East Anglia Arts Fund, were also given the freedom to award a personal commendation outside the top rankings with a £100 prize going to each of the following highly commended artists: Alfie Carpenter, and Jack Godfrey. The consistency of the judging is demonstrated in the fact that three different judges awarded these same two artists second and third prizes, respectively, at Paint Out Wells 2015.

Spirit of Plein Air & Other Art Awards

Team Award - Spirit of Plein Air at Paint Out Wells 2016 John Behm 'LN86 BN2 and 6:37am, Wells at the Flood Tide' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Team Award – Spirit of Plein Air at Paint Out Wells 2016 John Behm ‘LN86 BN2 and 6:37am, Wells at the Flood Tide’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Two further prizes recognising artist’s merits and mettle include an award of £100 to John Behm, as a Team recognition for someone who embodied the “Spirit of Plein Air”, for painting in the cold biting winds and rainy downpours in shorts, in the mud, and in flipflops at dawn on a high tide-flooded quayside. Out of the three Paint Out events in which this award has been given, John has won it twice, he goes the extra mile for his art.

Community Award - Essence of Wells at Paint Out Wells 2016 Will Topley 'Dawn, Wells Gantry' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Community Award – Essence of Wells at Paint Out Wells 2016 Will Topley ‘Dawn, Wells Gantry’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

In addition, a Community recognition award of £100, also for a second time, went to Will Topley for his capturing of the essence of Wells-next-the-Sea.

Long-time supporter of Paint Out, Michael Richardson, delivered an art workshop and during it also created a painting of one of its participants, who was a popular entrant in Paint Out Norwich 2014. Mary Kallagher was delighted to receive the painting itself as a gift and recognition of her spirit in keeping painting irrespective of hand and eye health issues.

A young 4-year-old art critic also awarded Sue Mann a bag of jelly babies for her favourite painting of a “pink boat”.  Sue Mann received an artist’s commendation at Paint Out Wells 2015, so the young judge has good taste!

For more art prizes and awards check out Paint Out Norwich‘s gala awards night on 19 October.

Painting En Plein Air Under Changing Light Art Workshop with Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson Art Workshop at Paint Out Wells 2015 Photo by Katy Jon Went

Painting Workshop in Wells, Norfolk

Paint Out Wells offers the following art workshop on Saturday 17 September in Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk – Painting En Plein Air Under Changing Light Art Workshop with award-winning experienced artist and tutor, Michael Richardson.

Offered to local and visiting amateur, aspiring and experienced artists, as well as members of the Paint Out competition – all are welcome to take part.

The workshop will take place from 3pm and includes teaching and then tuition under the fading late-afternoon/early-evening light. The price is £45 with the option to participate in an early-morning paint out the following day and then brunch with the competition artists on the Albatros ship. You will need to bring your own art materials. Please book here.

Student at Michael Richardson Art Workshops at Paint Out Wells 2015 Photo by Katy Jon Went
Student at Michael Richardson Art Workshops at Paint Out Wells 2015

Michael is competing in Paint Out this year and is a veteran of Paint Out Norwich & Wells 2014-15 and plenty of other competitions and exhibitions. He won the inaugural Nocturne Prize in 2015.

About Artist Michael Richardson, UA

Michael lives in East Kent and paints almost every day, whatever the weather en plein air. As a modern Impressionist he believes that painting sur le motif is the most fulfilling challenge for a painter’s technique. His atmospheric work in both oils and watercolour has found collectors worldwide, especially in America.

Michael Richardson demonstrating at Art Workshop at Paint Out Wells 2015 Photo by Katy Jon Went
Michael Richardson demonstrating at Art Workshop at Paint Out Wells 2015

Michael was brought up in post-war Suffolk, “Constable Country”, and educated at Ipswich School and Ipswich College of Art and later in Paris.

In the 1960s his interest in sailing led him into a career in the marine industry where he specialised in sail design and manufacture. Whilst maintaining an interest in art he returned to full-time painting in 1992, yet drew on his marine experience in his specialism around painting boats.

He enjoys the plein air challenge of “working fast, in all weathers, in front of the subject.

He is also a member of the Chelsea Art Society, Council Member of the United Society of Artists and is a founder member of the Brass Monkeys Art Society, a “hard core” group of winter outdoor painters.

He has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Royal Society of Marine Artists, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour at the Mall Galleries in London.

Workshop Booking details

En Plein Air Oil Painting in Changing Light with Michael Richardson September 17, 2016 3-7.30pm 10-12 spaces available £45 Bring your own materials. Meet at the Albatros Ship.

Wells-next-the-Sea Artist Workshops

 

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Michael Richardson tutoring Art Workshop at Paint Out Wells 2015
Michael Richardson tutoring Art Workshop at Paint Out Wells 2015

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Exhibition Choice People’s Favourite Artist Liam Wales

Artist Liam Wales painting Pottergate at Paint Out Norwich 2015

Artist Liam Wales wins again!

Paint Out People’s Choice winner strikes again, EDP 2015-11-14
Paint Out People’s Choice winner strikes again, EDP 2015-11-14

The Paint Out Norwich Exhibition Vote People’s Choice award was won again in 2015 by artist Liam Wales. When Liam first entered Paint Out in 2014 he was also the overwhelming Archant/EDP People’s Choice vote winner at the Hostry Festival exhibition of paintings. As well as receiving £100 and a Judge’s commendation from David Curtis for his St Giles on the Hill painting (see below) he wins an additional £100 prize cheque, courtesy of Archant. His unmistakable draughtsman-like style of charcoal or pen and ink, with occasional colour wash, has stood out two years running. He has a quirky love of bikes and cars that has seen them feature in many of his works.

Artist Liam Wales - My Surly Bike on Pottergate, £750 16x24 Ink & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Liam Wales – My Surly Bike on Pottergate, £750 Buy 16×24 Ink & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015

About Liam Wales

Liam says he likes to “work quickly with a fluid line which gives each drawing a particular spontaneity.” Every artist was given 3 hours to complete each art work, and on several occasions Liam has wrapped up early.

“I really enjoyed the interaction with the other artists and the public. Because I like to work quickly, I also enjoyed the restricted timescale for producing the artwork.”

When not out doing en plein air drawings and paintings Liam works doing reconstruction paintings for English Heritage, and as an illustrator in London, “producing hand drawn visuals for Architects who are tired of seeing so many computer generated images.”

Artist Liam Wales - Michael's House 16x24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Benfield
Artist Liam Wales – Michael’s House, £850 Buy 16×24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015

He comes from a long line of artistic family members who have all encouraged him to draw. What he loves about Norwich is its:

“diversity of impressive views and quirky details and a receptive public who seem to like creativity.”

He has recorded many Norwich views including the iconic Royal Arcade, an art work whose detail shows off his architectural and artist’s eye at one and the same time.

Artist Liam Wales - Royal Arcade, £750 16x24 Ink & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Liam Wales – Royal Arcade, £750 Buy 16×24 Ink & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015

All the paintings above are still for sale – use the Buy links to enquire. Other art created by Liam at Paint Out Norwich 2015 include the following sold works of St Giles on the Hill:

Artist Liam Wales - St Giles on the Hill at Night 16x24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Liam Wales – St Giles on the Hill at Night, SOLD 16×24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015
Artist Liam Wales - St Giles on the Hill 16x24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Liam Wales – St Giles on the Hill, SOLD 16×24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Prizewinning Paintings

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Prizewinning Artists and Paintings ©Matt Dartford

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Prizewinning Paintings & Artists

Paint Out Wells winners prize awards: Eloise O’Hare (3rd), Richard Bond (1st), Mo Teeuw (2nd), Michael Richardson (Nocturne 1st) (L-R) ©Matt Dartford
Paint Out Wells winners prize awards: Eloise O’Hare (3rd), Richard Bond (1st), Mo Teeuw (2nd), Michael Richardson (Nocturne 1st) (L-R)

The Paint Out Norwich 2015 Artist Prize Winners were: Richard Bond (1st), Mo Teeuw (2nd), Eloise O’Hare (3rd), Michael Richardson (Nocturne 1st) with judges commendations to Brian Korteling, Gennadiy Ivanov, and Liam Wales.

Some additional awards recognising artistic spirit and achievement and the Exhibition Vote People’s Choice award will be announced in due course. [Update 14 Nov 2015, this was won by Liam Wales for the second year running]

First Prize – Richard Bond

Artist Richard Bond - Winged Victory 13x20 Watercolour on Paper Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Richard Bond – Winged Victory 13×20 Watercolour on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015

The Paint Out Norwich judges awarded Richard Bond the £1,500 First Prize donated by sponsor Chris Hind for his 13″x20″ watercolour on paper painting “Winged Victory”, a Norwich monument to lives lost in the Boer War on Agricultural Hall Plain, near Anglia TV.

Richard lives locally in Norwich and has entered all our competitions to date and also delivered a watercolour painting workshop at Paint Out Wells. He described himself as “stunned but delighted” and also had this to say:

“Congratulations to the other winners and my thanks to the organisers, judges and all the artists taking part for your encouragement, inspiration and companionship throughout the week. A tough but great week, thoroughly enjoyed it”.

More about Richard and his paintings on his website.

Second Prize – Mo Teeuw

Artist Mo Teeuw - View of Norwich from Mousehold Heath 14x18 Oil on Canvas at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Mo Teeuw – View of Norwich from Mousehold Heath 14×18 Oil on Canvas at Paint Out Norwich 2015

Mo Teeuw, is a veteran of Paint Out Norwich 2014, and this is the second painting competition within the last few weeks she has won a prize at.  She won the Second Prize of £1000 donated by sponsor Strutt and Parker for her 14×18″ oil painting of “View of Norwich from Mousehold Heath”, done at our Mousehold Heath mass ‘paint out’.

Mo writes on her blog that:

“the last thing I was expecting was to win anything as the standard was so high so, I was more than shocked to win overall second prize and delighted I must say. Paint Out Norwich is one of the most organised and best put together events I have ever been to. There is such a fantastic team of people that work so well together – and they are SO nice. If you are even just a little bit tempted to apply for next year’s event, I would say – ‘go for it’.”

Third Prize – Eloise O’Hare

 Artist Eloise O'Hare - Chocolate Arcade 18x26.5 Pen, Ink & Watercolour on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield

Artist Eloise O’Hare – Chocolate Arcade 18×26.5 Pen, Ink & Watercolour on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015

Eloise O’Hare was awarded the Third Prize of £500 donated by sponsor Jamieson’s Property Search for her pen, ink and watercolour, work invitingly titled “Chocolate Arcade”. It was completed under the shelter of the Art Nouveau-styled Royal Arcade on a day when the weather was challenging to say the least.

Eloise has been on Future Radio to talk about her prize and the Paint Out competition and described herself as “amazed” by her “5 sales and a Prize in a week.”

Nocturne Prize – Michael Richardson

Artist Michael Richardson - Dove Street 12x10 Oil on Board at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Michael Richardson – Dove Street 12×10 Oil on Board at Paint Out Norwich 2015

Michael Richardson is another veteran of all of our events to date and has also twice delivered oil painting workshops for Paint Out. He was awarded the inaugural Nocturne First Prize of £1000 donated by sponsor Mills & Reeve for his after sundown painting of “Dove Street”.

Michael is passionate and eminently professional about plein air, and says he cannot “wait for next year”.

Paint Out Norwich 2016

Enjoyed Paint Out Norwich 2015? Missed out? Get the first notice of 2016 dates and application process here:

Paint Out 2016 Register interest   Paint Out Art Exhibition

Judges Commendations

Apart from having to agree on the top three prize awards the three judges: David Curtis, Marcus Dickey Horley, and Amanda Geitner, were also given the freedom to award a personal commendation outside the top rankings with a £100 prize, courtesy of sponsor Archant, going to each of the following highly commended artists: Gennadiy Ivanov, Brian Korteling, and Liam Wales.

  • David Curtis chose Liam Wales – “St Giles on the Hill”
Artist Liam Wales - St Giles on the Hill 16x24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Liam Wales – St Giles on the Hill 16×24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015
  • Marcus Dickey Horley chose Gennadiy Ivanov – “Autumn at Wensum River”
Artist Gennadiy Ivanov - Autumn at Wensum River 32x32 Oil on Canvas at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Gennadiy Ivanov – Autumn at Wensum River 32×32 Oil on Canvas at Paint Out Norwich 2015
  • Amanda Geitner chose Brian Korteling – “Sovereign House”
Artist Brian Korteling - Sovereign House 16x16 Oil on Board at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Brian Korteling – Sovereign House 16×16 Oil on Board at Paint Out Norwich 2015

100 Artists Paint Norwich from Mousehold Heath mass Art Event

Artists on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015

Mousehold Heath filled with 100 Artists

A fantastic turnout of well over 90 people, by some counts 100+, amassed on Mousehold Heath yesterday. Not a reenactment of the 1549 Kett’s Rebellion but a mass art event with dozens of artists painting side by side the skyline views of Norwich before a beautiful sunset descended.

Artists painting on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015
Artists painting on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015
DSC_0076 Artist Andrew Horrod painting on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015
DSC_0076 Artist Andrew Horrod painting on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015

The light changed frequently adding to the en plein air challenge of painting a changing scene with the distraction of public gaze, press filming, bemused dog-walkers, and kids either rolling on the green hillside or picking up crayons to draw their own young masterpieces.  The attraction of the varied views and inspiration of so many fellow artists of all ages and abilities made the event a resounding success, and one we will no doubt repeat.

One of the judges for Paint Out‘s core and nocturne event prize awards, David Curtis, also took up his easel and palette to paint. Renowned local ‘pop artist’ Colin Self was also about the Heath planning to do a brass rubbing.

The Big Draw

Artist Jack Godfrey draws the skyline from Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015
Artist Jack Godfrey draws the skyline from Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015

The event proved to be a big draw, bringing people not just from Norfolk but several driving 3-4 hours from Kent and Yorkshire just to take part in the public spectacle. October is also the month of the world’s biggest drawing competition – The Big Draw, with events taking place all month, so it was appropriate for art in all its forms from pens to paint, brass-rubbing to mixed media collage, to be taking place on the Heath.

Art for All Ages and Abilities

Artist Susannah Sendall creating art on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015
Artist Susannah Sendall creating art on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015

Unlike our juried entry main Plein Air competition this event was open to all-comers by prior registration and nearly 60 signed up to join around 40 Paint Out artists. Many just showed up on the day and braved the initially ominous but turning-out-to-be beautiful weather. All ages from 5 to 85 were represented including whole families treating art on the Heath as a creative day out. Picnic blankets filled with pens and paints, rather food and fizz, filled the undulating slopes as people sought the best positions to paint the landscape.

Three generations of one family took part – from grandmother to mother and daughters. The artistic East Anglian Sendall family also included a mother and daughter pairing, Jennifer and Susannah Sendall, taking part in the main competition as well.

Media Frenzy

Both uses of the word media were in evidence as most forms of media were represented. Artists using oils, paints, pastels, pens, papier mache, glue, grass, and even a beer can, meant mixed media was much in evidence in the creation of art works. Meanwhile, radio, TV, photographers and videographers grabbed footage of the rolling hills and heath filled with artists and families on a fun day out for all.

Mustard TV report: Masterpieces on Mousehold: 100 budding artists gather to ‘Paint Out Norwich’

Cass Art Sponsorship

Artist Susannah Sendall's Heath Noir at Paint Out Norwich and Cass Art Mousehold Heath plein air art event
Artist Susannah Sendall’s “Heath Noir” at Paint Out Norwich and Cass Art’s Mousehold Heath plein air art event

Cass Art were our sponsors for the event, their mission being to “fill this town with artists”, the hills were indeed filled with artists of all ages and who gratefully received Cass Art discount vouchers and later next week will also be awarded Cass Art prizes to spend online or at Cass Art stores.

Several artists had clearly shopped there before as some Cass Art bags were in evidence on the heath alongside the Paint Out bags.

The public Mousehold works were displayed at OPEN and the main competition artists paintings are on display at various venues across Norwich throughout October and November.

Public Mousehold Heath artworks on diplay at OPEN for Cass Art/Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Katy Jon Went
Public Mousehold Heath artworks on diplay at OPEN for Cass Art/Paint Out Norwich 2015

Café Britannia

The Paint Out artists were well fed courtesy of Café Britannia and quite a number of artists turned their backs on Norwich, which at times became contre-jour and instead chose to paint the Victorian Prison or Barracks turned café. The former home of the Royal Norfolk Regiment barracks is an imposing red brick building almost matching the Autumnal colours of the trees in seasonal change.

Paint Out and Cass Art mass painting event at Mousehold Heath outside Cafe Britannia
Paint Out and Cass Art mass painting event at Mousehold Heath outside Cafe Britannia

“Café Britannia is a shabby chic café offering freshly cooked British cuisine. Open 7 days a week, the café is staffed by category D low risk prisoners, that have volunteered to learn new skills, improve their lives and make a fresh start. All tips and profits generated from the café go to rehabilitating prisoners and charitable causes.”

Public Art Exhibition at OPEN

The Paint Out competition artworks will be displayed alongside the core and nocturne painting events of the last few days at the Cathedral Hostry gallery exhibition show of nearly 200 artworks from Saturday 24-30th October. The Mousehold public artworks will be displayed from Tuesday 27th till Saturday 31st October at the OPEN venue (20 Bank Plain, top of London Street, Norwich NR2 4SF).

Autumn Sunset over Norwich Cathedrals from Mousehold Heath
Autumnal sunset over Norwich Cathedrals from Mousehold Heath as Paint Out artists departed

 

Pop Artist Colin Self joins Paint Out Norwich events

Colin Self, Waiting Women and 2 Nuclear Bombers (Handley Page Victors), 1962, Oil on board

Pop Artist Colin Self joins Paint Out Norwich events

Colin Self, Large Harvest Field with two Hay Bales at Happisburgh, Norfolk, 1984 Oil (with some straw in paint)
Colin Self, Large Harvest Field with two Hay Bales at Happisburgh, Norfolk, 1984 Oil (with some straw in paint)

It is with great pleasure that Paint Out Norwich welcomes the involvement of the well known Norfolk and internationally acclaimed artist Colin Self. Colin was a judge at Paint Out Norwich 2014 and this year he has graciously agreed to be a guest artist at both the Tuesday and Wednesday evening nocturne competition sessions and at the public mass Mousehold Heath ‘paint out’ which is already expecting some 70-80+ artists of all ages and abilities to paint Norwich from the Heath on the Friday afternoon (22 October). Colin envisages basing himself around Norwich Castle for the two nocturne evenings 6.30-9.30pm on 20-21 October.

In 2009, Colin was invited to create a new graduation mace for the Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA, now NUA). Its handle was made to resemble Norfolk reeds to be “reminiscent of this beautiful place,” said Colin.

“We chose Colin to design the mace because he has an international reputation as a fine artist and is an ex-student from the old Norwich School of Art and Design.” – David Girling from NUA

About Colin Self the Artist

Colin Self artist
Colin Self

Colin Self is a draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor and painter. He is best known as a ‘Pop Artist’, whose work addressed the theme of Cold War politics. He studied first at Norwich Art School and in 1961 he entered the Slade School of Fine Arts in London. Artist Richard Hamilton called him:

“the best draughtsman in England since William Blake.”

Whilst at the Slade, he met artists, David Hockney and Peter Blake, who greatly admired Self’s paintings. He went on to become one of the forerunners, along with the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, of the ‘Pop Art’ movement.

In 1962 and 1965 he travelled to the Canada and the USA with David Hockney which heightened his consciousness of Cold War politics. Events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and CND marches led him to create highly-innovative works including a series of drawings that had imminent nuclear destruction as a theme whilst others contained Art Deco cinema interiors or hot dogs.

He also produced works “featuring apparently harmless motifs from contemporary life and consumer society which at times convey an unexpected atmosphere of violence and sexual threat. His intention was to produce a detailed record of his society which, in the event of its destruction, would convey its essential qualities to anyone coming across his work in the future.”

Return to Norwich, Norfolk

Colin Self, Norfolk Landscape with Cow, 1984 Mixed Media, Oil and model cow
Colin Self, Norfolk Landscape with Cow, 1984 Mixed Media, Oil and model cow

In 1965, disillusioned and suspicious of the commercial art world, Self returned permanently to Norwich and spent most of the 1970s in artistic solitiude where Norfolk has been his “spiritual and visual inspiration” which he has portrayed in watercolours, charcoal, and mixed media including a toy cow!

“The landscape in some ways is my visual script. Hidden in there behind the lie of the land is not only my past but the past of everyone, my future and my energy.” – Colin Self, BBC interview

During this time both “his subject matter and his repertoire of techniques continued to expand, taking in atmospheric Norfolk landscapes, still-lifes and quirky observations of human behaviour.”

In the politically charged 1980s he visited the Soviet Union for inspiration returning to produce some surrealist collage works which seem “remarkably prescient in the light of events” such as 9/11, and yet he also created works with humour and a lighter touch.

Since 2000, he has worked on his ‘Odyssey/Iliad’ multiple-plate etchings series aiming to re-tell Homer’s classical story using contemporary images.

He has been exhibited at the Tate Gallery (1995) where several of his works reside in their collections, and Pallant House Gallery (2008).

Artists Mass Paint Out on Mousehold Heath, Norwich

Artists Brian Korteling and James Colman on Mousehold Heath for Paint Out Norwich ©Mark Ivan Benfield

Paint Out Norwich Mass Art Event on Mousehold Heath

Karen Adams and Will Topley at Paint Out Wells Public Sunrise Art Event
Karen Adams and Will Topley at Paint Out Wells Public Sunrise Art Event

Following up on the successful mass Sunrise ‘paint out’ at Norfolk’s Wells-next-the-Sea as part of Paint Out Wells 2015, Paint Out are holding a similar event for artists of all ages and abilities at Paint Out Norwich, October 22, 1:30-4:30pm. Register to take part for free.

Over 40 Paint Out Norwich competition artists will join members of the public – amateur and keen artists alike, in a mass painting session on historic Mousehold Heath with its expansive skyline views overlooking the city of Norwich taking in the towering spire of Norwich Cathedral.

Cass Art Prize Sponsorship

Cass Art logoOnce again, as Cass Art did at the Wells sunrise event, Cass Art have announced that they will supply substantial art voucher prizes to reward a range of public artists, young and adult alike, with art supplies to keep their talent growing. Cass Art are also sponsoring an art bursary prize for the best young artist 30 or under at the Paint Out Norwich competition.

Mass ‘Paint Out’ Sparks Media Interest

Painters of all ages invited to take part in open-air art event in Norwich, EDP, 13 October 2015
Painters of all ages invited to take part in open-air art event in Norwich, EDP, 13 October 2015

Already the mass ‘paint out’ is attracting press attention having been discussed on BBC Radio Norfolk and made the front and inside pages of the Norwich Evening News & Eastern Daily Press this week.

Over 55 public artists have already registered and people can still register until the day itself. One entire family from age 5 upwards have registered to truly make this an all-age event with others as old as 85 taking part.  Another family is represented by three generations of grandmother, mother and daughters, of whom, two are also entering the core competition!

The Heath will therefore could be filled with over 90 combined artists painting the landscape in pastels, oils, watercolour, acrylic, pen and ink, mixed media, drawing or anything else that can be applied to canvas/board/paper. October is also the month of the world’s biggest drawing festival the Big Draw art event whose theme this year is “every drawing tells a story”. Last year’s Norwich competition even saw plein air screen-printing! You can bring canvas, board, paper, sketchpad, or anything else on which to make art, that can be hung on a wall at the OPEN venue in Norwich, Tuesday 27 – Saturday 31 October.

View the event on Facebook and sign up to take part for free.

Historic Mousehold Heath

Mousehold Heath has featured in significant Norwich history in several centuries stretching back nearly 900 years.  From William of Norwich in 1144 to the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381 and in 1549 it served as a launchpad for the Kett’s Rebellion. If this Paint Out event continues to gather pace it will be a significant mass gathering and historic open air art event itself.

Norwich School of Artists

Mousehold Heath from Silver Road, painted by John Sell Cotman, 1810
Mousehold Heath from Silver Road, painted by John Sell Cotman, 1810

Both Mousehold Heath itself and the view of Norwich from it have featured in 19th century paintings by several members of the Norwich School of Artists including John Crome and John Sell Cotman. Paint Out‘s mission is to reinvigorate and redefine en plein air art for the 21st century and its growing Plein Air competitions and public art event inclusivity mean that it is well on its way to bringing art to the masses, just as the Norwich School of Artists in 1803 was Britain’s first provincial art movement founded by and for working-class artists. They even held their first art meeting in the The Hole in the Wall tavern.

John Crome began life as the son of a weaver and went from being an apprentice sign-painter to being collected and exhibited in The Tate Gallery, Royal Academy and by the philanthropist and politician Jeremiah James Colman, a scion of the famous Colman’s Mustard family. The works he amassed were eventually donated to the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery.

View the event on Facebook and sign up to take part for free.

Norwich from Mousehold Heath, Norfolk, painted by Ernest Haslehust, 1920
Norwich from Mousehold Heath, Norfolk, painted by Ernest Haslehust, 1920

 

 

Paint Out Wells Exhibition Vote People’s Choice Prize to Chris Daynes

Chris Daynes Paint Out Wells 2015 ©Katy Jon Went

Paint Out Wells People’s Choice Prize

As part of Paint Out Wells 2015 some 100 competition artworks by the artists were displayed during a weekend Exhibition at which members of the public were encouraged to vote for their favourite artist’s work on display. Hence the prize was both democratic and not influenced by either the judges or team. The winner by a fair margin was Chris Daynes to whom a £200 prize has been awarded.

Other artists in the top running, as voted for by the general public, were Richard Bond, Tom Cringle, Lara Cobden – the overall winner, Jane Hodgson, Tony Robinson, and Will Topley – who also won recognition for having captured the spirit of Wells-next-the-Sea. For other artist prize awards at Wells see here.

Artist Chris Daynes

Chris Daynes competed in both Paint Out Wells 2015 and Paint Out Norwich 2014 – at which he won the second prize. Chris is a seasoned en plein air painter who works all over England in all weathers, “always a challenging and sometimes uncomfortable experience, very social and never dull”, he says.

Chris was born in Hove, Sussex but educated in Norfolk in the 1960s – a place he still describes as his “spiritual home“. An Honours Degree in Fine Art at Leeds College of Art followed. Since giving up teaching in 2001 he has been fortunate to be able to paint full time. He is a former Prize Winner at the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Show at the Mall Galleries, London.

He describes himself as “an ‘on the spot’ painter, making sketches and informative visual notes in oils as work in its own right and also resources for working up into larger pieces” whose “work aims to reflect or react to the many sensations received over a period of time in the landscape when different events occur – flights of birds, noises, visiting people, changes of light and times of day.”

Chris’s Paintings at Wells

Chris painted five works at Wells-next-the-Sea of which the first two below were particularly commended by Exhibition visitors.

 Chris Daynes Fine Weather, Wells Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote Peoples Choice 12x16 Oil ©Mark Ivan Benfield

Chris Daynes Fine Weather, Wells Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote People’s Choice 12×16 Oil ©Mark Ivan Benfield
Chris Daynes Wells Tide Recorder Station Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote Peoples Choice 11x14 Oil on Board ©Mark Ivan Benfield
Chris Daynes Wells Tide Recorder Station Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote People’s Choice 11×14 Oil on Board ©Mark Ivan Benfield
Chris Daynes Unsettled Weather, Wells Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote Peoples Choice 8x10 Oil ©Mark Ivan Benfield
Chris Daynes Unsettled Weather, Wells Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote People’s Choice 8×10 Oil ©Mark Ivan Benfield
Chris Daynes Contrail at Wells Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote Peoples Choice 11x14 Oil on board ©Mark Ivan Benfield
Chris Daynes Contrail at Wells Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote People’s Choice 11×14 Oil on board ©Mark Ivan Benfield
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