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

Paint Out & Cass Art Bursary Prize

Cass Art Shop interior

Cass Art Young Artist Bursary Prize

Cass Art logoCass Art are offering to take a young artist 30 and under (student or otherwise) to the next level of their artistic career by offering an additional prize at Paint Out Norwich this year to the best young artist.

The prize will include free art materials for a year worth £500 to spend online and further opportunities. Cass Art were a sponsor of prizes to young and public entrants at the successful Paint Out Wells Sunrise mass ‘paint out’ in September and the forthcoming public ‘paint out’ at Mousehold Heath, Norwich. The prize is in addition to the chance to win other awards from the £5000 prize pool and the opportunity to have your works displayed and sold at an auction and exhibition over 5 weeks.

Cass Art Mission

Cass Art - Let's Fill This Town With ArtistsCass Art‘s mission to “fill this town with artists” fits well with Paint Out‘s own mission to get more plein air art out on to the streets:

“For nearly 30 years we have been on a mission to fill this country (its cities, towns and villages) with artists.”

Paint Out Norwich Young Artist Entry

Students and artists under 30 are invited to submit to Paint Out Norwich (20-22 October) 3 pictures of previous art and are exempt the £30 participation fee. If you are busy in college you can even just enter our new Nocturne – evening painting competition.

Norwich Submit entry   Norwich Rules   Norwich Core Schedule   Norwich Nocturne Schedule

All media including oils, acrylic, watercolour, pastels, pen & ink, etc that can be applied to board or canvas are eligible for use during the competition sessions. Last year, Bryony Birkbeck even tried screen printing en plein air!

Young Artist Prize Winner at Wells

The artist who won second prize overall at Paint Out Wells 2015 was 25 year old Alfie Carpenter whose mixed media work was in great demand at the after-competition auction and exhibition.

Artist materials at Paint Out Norwich
You provide the coffee, Cass Art will provide the paint!

 

Paint Out Wells Sunrise Rosemary & Co Prize to Roy Connelly

Roy Connelly Sunrise oil painting Paint Out Wells, Norfolk 11 Sep 15

Paint Out Wells Sunrise Artists Prize

As part of Paint Out Wells 2015 artists were encouraged to rise early and paint the sunrise at Wells-next-the-Sea beach. This was not part of the main competition and so was optional. We are grateful to Rosemary & Co for their sponsorship of a brushes set prize for the best Paint Out artist painting Ebb Tide, Wells which was won by Roy Connelly, a veteran prize winner at Paint Out Norwich 2014. For other prize awards at Wells see here.

Artist Roy Connelly

Roy Connelly and Will Topley at Paint Out Wells Beach Sunrise
Roy Connelly and Will Topley at Paint Out Wells Beach Sunrise

Roy Connelly competed in both Paint Out Wells 2015 and Paint Out Norwich 2014 at which he won the third prize. Roy is a founder member of the Plein Air Brotherhood, and says he is just as happy with his easel and box of oil paints on a deserted beach as he is at noisy and busy Trafalgar Square in London. His home turf is the area in Suffolk, close to where Gainsborough and Constable lived and worked.

Roy Connelly Sunrise oil painting Paint Out Wells, Norfolk 11 Sep 15
Roy Connelly Ebb Tide, Wells  oil 16×20 (Paint Out Wells, Norfolk 11 Sep 2015, sunrise)

Rosemary & Co Artists’ Brushes

Rosemary and Co Artists Brushes
Rosemary and Co Artists Brushes

Rosemary & Co artists’ brushes are all hand made to the finest quality and come ready for acrylic, oil, pastels or watercolour. There are easily portable plein air pochade sets, specialist sets for botanical, garden, or studio painting, and many more besides.

Rosemary & Co are one of the many sponsors and partners without whom Paint Out would not be able to promote en plein air painting to such a wide and growing audience.

 

 

An Introduction to Oil Painting En Plein Air Workshop with Michael Richardson

Artist Michael Richardson painting Norwich Market Paint Out 22 Oct 2014

Oil Painting Workshop in Wells-next-the-Sea

Artist Michael Richardson painting Norwich Market Paint Out 22 Oct 2014
Artist Michael Richardson painting Norwich Market Paint Out 22 Oct 2014

Michael Richardson is a very experienced artist and veteran of Paint Out Norwich 2014 and entrant in Paint Out Wells 2015. He was brought up in post-war Suffolk, “Constable Country”, and educated at Ipswich School and Ipswich College of Art and later in Paris. His work has also been exhibited in the RSMA, RBA, ROI and RI shows at the Mall Galleries and at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
He is a long standing member of the Wapping Group of Artists, one of the oldest and most prestigious plein air painting societies in Europe.

Michael will offer the following art workshop on Tuesday 8 September in Wells-next-the-Sea:

  • An Introduction to Oil Painting En Plein Air Workshop with Michael Richardson

Offered, as part of Paint Out Wells 2015, Michael is competing this year and is a veteran of Paint Out Norwich 2014 and plenty of other competitions and exhibitions. Local and visiting amateur, aspiring and experienced artists, as well as members of the competition, are all welcome to take part. The workshop will take place from 11am and includes lunch in the £50 package price. You will need to bring your own art materials. Please book here.

Michael Richardson, Artist

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.

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

Artist Michael Richardson painting Norwich Forum Paint Out 22 Oct 2014
Artist Michael Richardson painting Norwich Forum Paint Out 22 Oct 2014

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.

 

Intermediate En Plein Air Watercolour Painting Workshop with Richard Bond

Artist Richard Bond painting Norwich Forum roof Paint Out 22 Oct 2014

Watercolour Art Workshop in Wells-next-the-Sea

Artist Richard Bond painting Norwich Cathedral Paint Out 22 Oct 2014
Artist Richard Bond painting Norwich Cathedral Paint Out 22 Oct 2014

Richard Bond is a Norwich-based artist, working mainly in oils and watercolour, whose work has been exhibited in various regional and national group shows such as the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Competition, and the Royal Watercolour Society Open Competition.

Richard will offer the following art workshop on Tuesday 8 September in Wells-next-the-Sea:

  • Intermediate En Plein Air Watercolour Painting with Richard Bond

Offered, as part of Paint Out Wells 2015, Richard is competing this year and is a veteran of Paint Out Norwich 2014 and plenty of other competitions and exhibitions. Local and visiting amateur, aspiring and experienced artists, as well as members of the competition, are all welcome to take part. The workshop will take place from just after 10am and includes lunch in the £50 package price. You will need to bring your own art materials. Please book here.

Richard Bond Coverack Harbour Cornwall Watercolour
Richard Bond Coverack Harbour Cornwall Watercolour

Richard’s artistic interests range from “rural landscape, architectural subjects and urban themes, to still life and the human figure.” He has appeared in International Artist magazine (Issue 86, 2012) in a feature piece “Master Painters of the World: UK Richard Bond” about his work, style and methods.

Artist Richard Bond painting Norwich Forum St Peter Mancroft Paint Out 22 Oct 2014
Artist Richard Bond painting Norwich Forum St Peter Mancroft Paint Out 22 Oct 2014

From his website, Richard writes:

“My watercolour paintings range from small ‘plein air’ works painted outdoors on location, to large-scale studio paintings, based on outdoor studies and sketches, photographs and other reference material. As a figurative painter I am captivated by the liquid beauty of the watercolour medium, its versatility, and the ability to say more with less. For all of my work, I use high-quality, permanent paints and acid-free, mould-made papers, or present-day versions of traditional handmade papers. I enjoy researching the methods and techniques of the great masters of 19th and 20th century British and American watercolour, and have always admired, and continue to be inspired by, the paintings of Cotman, Turner, Sargent and HB Brabazon in particular. For me, watercolour is an exciting, expressive and challenging medium, and I strive to maintain in my own work that sense of immediacy and directness which is the essence of the traditional art of watercolour painting.”

 

 

 

Why should anyone tell me I can’t paint a sunset? – Hermann Albert

Thomas Cole L Allegro Italian Sunset 1845

“You can’t paint that anymore these days”

Why can’t you paint what has been painted before? German artist, Hermann Albert asked in 1972 of whether one can still paint an idyllic Tuscan countryside scene. “Why can’t you? You can do everything. Why should anyone tell me I can’t paint a sunset?”

“In the summer of 1972 I was in Florence for a while, and one weekend I went on a trip to the mountains with some colleagues. We got out of the car and there we were standing in the Tuscan countryside, with cypress trees, the olive groves and the old houses–it was harmony…. The sun was setting and soon it was out of sight, but the rays of sunlight were still, illuminating the countryside obliquely, the shadows were getting longer and longer, and you could sense the approach of nightfall although it was really still daytime. We stood there, with our own consciousness, looking at this dramatic spectacle, and suddenly one of us said “Its a pity you can’t paint that anymore these days.” That had been a key word I’d heard ever since I started trying to be a painter. And I said to him, out of pure impudence: “Why can’t you? You can do everything.” It was only after I’d said it that I realized what had initially been a piece of provocation was really true. Why should anyone tell me I can’t paint a sunset?” – Hermann Albert from an exhibition catalogue, 1985 by Thiele-Dohrmann

Michael Richardson painting the Forum, Norwich Oct 2014
Michael Richardson painting the Forum, Norwich Oct 2014

In commenting, on whether repetition of what has been painted before lacks originality, the art critic Arthur Coleman Danto decried that on the contrary one should neither be put off nor be blinded to the freshness of the new interpretation.

“As a critic, I am never put off by the fact that what an artist does has been done before. That someone did it “first,” it seems to me, is often an observation that only blinds you to what the artist did who did it “second.” The repetition need not entail a lack of originality.” – Arthur Coleman Danto, 1993 

James Colman, one of the founders of Paint Out Norwich (and now Wells-next-the-Sea), was inspired to set up a plein air arts competition that draws dozens of artists with easels to paint similar locations but each interpreting it in their own ways. He says:

Timothy Betjeman painting St John's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Norwich, October 2014
Timothy Betjeman painting St John’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Norwich, October 2014

“Until you’ve started the plein air journey your perception as to what it takes to do it to a very high standard may be clouded by having to walk on the shoulders of giants or having to overcome the fear of being ridiculed as some outmoded eccentric. Forget that straight away. Easel painting never went away. Pick up your brushes and come and join us in Wells. You may surprise yourself. It will open up a whole new world of challenges. You will meet new and interesting people and it will be a lot of fun along the way. See you there!”

Easels are indeed not dead, in fact, they are being revived as Paint Out and other plein air events revive open air painting across the UK, Ireland, Europe, and America. You can see easels everywhere during 9-11 September in Wells, North Norfolk and 20-22 October in Norwich. You can apply to take part or enter the public sunrise ‘paint out’.

 

 

The Challenge of a Paint Out Plein Air Competition

Haidee-Jo Summers, Paint Out 2014, blank canvas at Elm Hill, Norwich

A blank canvas in a busy city centre

Paint Out Norwich 2014, Patrick Boswell in among the traffic
Paint Out Norwich 2014, Patrick Boswell in among the traffic!

Paint Out‘s mission is to take art back out on to the streets, to reinvigorate en plein air painting, challenging artist and audience alike to partake in the events. We want to bring a diverse range of artists and their mediums to new audiences. For the artists, our aim is to increase their reach and stretch their skills and temperament by putting them ‘out’ there among the challenges of weather, environment, crowds of onlookers and in-picture walk-on parts. Indeed, artists have previously included in their artworks other artists, team members and passers by.

Keeping up with a Changing Environment

Views can radically change during the 3 hours of painting or overnight. Objects can move, rain or roadworks intervene, or you could be surrounded by rubbish and yet produce something the very opposite of that.

Dan Llywelyn Hall painting Elm Hill, Norwich, PaintOut 2014
Dan Llywelyn Hall painting Elm Hill, Norwich, PaintOut 2014

 

The transient light can shift and the subtlety of it was beautifully captured last year by artists, whether looking down medieval cobbled streets or reflected in the river by Pull’s Ferry.

For instance, take the dilemma of whether to include the scaffolding or paint it out, or a parked car that then moved. These were faced by the winning artist – Haidee-Jo Summers. Her competitors faced the same view the next day but with the scaffolding gone.

What to include?

Haidee-Jo Summers with inset Mo Teeuw, Paint Out 2014 at Elm Hill, Norwich
Haidee-Jo Summers with inset Mo Teeuw, Paint Out 2014 at Elm Hill, Norwich

There are many paintings in history with the artist, or their friends, included in or hidden in the finished work. But in a competition, if your vista includes a friend or fellow artist and competitor, do you include them – wheelchair, in this case, and all? For Mo Teeuw entered the competition despite a broken leg and featured in the winning painting by Haidee-Jo Summers.

Varied and Alternative media

Last year we had a young brave open air printmaker, Bryony Birkbeck, battling the clock and the elements whilst also being filmed by BBC Voices and quizzed by fascinated spectators. She handled herself unflappably despite the odd breeze rustling her papers.

Elm Hill, another view, another medium
Elm Hill, another view, another medium

Paint Out is open to artists, illustrators, printmakers in acrylic, ink, oil, pastels, pen, watercolour and more – anyone who wants to interpret the modern ‘landscape’. All of the art works are started and finished outside in public view in virtually any media on paper/board/canvas taking in either coastal Wells-next-the-Sea (Sep 9-11) or modern and medieval urban Norwich (Oct 19-22).

Some of the popular pieces last year were black and red wash works that concentrated on people milling around the market, rather than buildings or nature, although a more traditional piece – albeit with scaffolding, a wheelchair and a roadworks sign included, did scoop the first prize.

Diverse opportunities

Francesca Heathorn painting on the Norwich Forum Roof 2014
Francesca Heathorn painting on the Norwich Forum roof 2014

Last year artists positioned themselves with easel and paints on top of the Forum roof and on top of the Castle mound, or nestled in among the Market or a busy road intersection.

Interpretation is up to the artist with many and varied locations and vantage points at each venue available. This year Norwich has day and optional nocturne sessions running and Wells’ hub is an historic Dutch cargo clipper.

Paint Out is a fantastic opportunity for:

artists to make new friends, surpass their expectations, give their work a new lease of life, challenge themselves, know when to stop painting, and to sell their work.

All these statements come from the feedback of artists at Paint Out Norwich 2014. There is still time to apply for #PON2015.

Mark Greenwood painting the Cathedral, Norwich, PaintOut 2014
Mark Greenwood painting the Roman Catholic Cathedral from Grapes Hill, Norwich, PaintOut 2014

 

Stephen Fry selects paints & art materials as Desert Island Discs castaway luxury

Stephen Fry and Vincent van Gogh

Stephen Fry chooses canvases & paints for Desert Island castaway luxury

Stephen Fry book signing by vpjayant via flickr
Stephen Fry book signing by vpjayant via flickr

The long-running BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs – and its current presenter Kirsty Young, have secured Norfolk and national treasure Stephen Fry, for a second time, to quiz him on his castaway music, literature and luxury choices. One of his biggest regrets, it turns out, is that he feels that he cannot dance or paint, and rather than take a dance teacher as his luxury item he’s opted for the easel life of a marooned and abandoned artist.

After choosing T.S. Elliot’s Four Quartets, alongside the supplied Bible and Shakespeare, he opted to take as a luxury item on which to spend “all the time in the world”:

canvases, and easels, and watercolours and oils and acrylics, I think, and all the brushes and turpentine and linseed, that go with them, and possibly an instruction manual.” – Stephen Fry on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs

Stephen Fry’s love of art & artists

Fry admires art and respects artists, as revealed to Kirsty Young:

“Well it’s is a whole area of endeavour that I admire enormously, is art, yet I can’t paint.”

When younger, at the Groucho Club, Fry recalls meeting a young artist and being fascinated by his confidence.

“I can’t paint… except use words, use language, so that’s what I’ve poured all my joy into…I’m not an artist and I really respect artists. I can remember… Damien Hirst…he just has some strange gift in his head that allows him to look at one thing and one thing only and decide upon it and think about it, hard and not get distracted by what people think… But you can’t be an artist if you care about what other people think.”

Learn to Paint by watching other artists

Stephen Fry has given us such joy with his use of words and language. Perhaps, Stephen will get his chance to explore art in his home county of Norfolk. As James Colman and Will Buckley of Paint Out have said:

“There is no better way to learn how to paint than to be able to watch and talk to people actually painting. It is the opposite of watching paint dry.”

2 Week Exhibition and Sale of over 100 Norwich Plein Air Paintings

Exhibition wall including Haidee-Jo Summers Norwich Market

Plein Air Painting Exhibition, 24 October-2 November, Hostry

The Exhibition and Sale of around 110 artworks from Paint Out Norwich 2014 artists includes works of art painted under intense 3 hour timed conditions at 7 locations across Norwich on 22-23 October by 28 talented and seasoned artist. The Exhibition takes place in the The Hostry at Norwich Cathedral each day over the next 10 days (from Friday 24th October 9:30am-4:30pm, Sunday 28th October 12-3pm, Sunday 2nd November 10-12noon). The paintings were completed as part of the UK’s first juried entry international en plein air competition.

Exhibition conversation with Haidee-Jo Summers First Prize Winner
Exhibition conversation with Haidee-Jo Summers First Prize Winner

Come and browse, appreciate, and even purchase some of these competition crafted artworks in many media forms and take home a piece of Norwich’s fine city as a work of art.

Works by 28 different artists are on display and dozens have already sold, but they will all remain on display for the full duration of the 10 day Exhibition.

Vote for your favourite artist online or in person at the Exhibition.

Footfall has been tremendous, numbering in the hundreds on some days, even the Bishop of Norwich paid a visit.

Final Artists Selection Announced for Paint Out Norwich 2014

Applications Closed

Applications for the inaugural Paint Out Norwich 2014 competition closed at midnight on 1 September.

We had an overwhelmingly positive response from artists near and far. Some 60 applications, about 60% from the broader East Anglia region and others from the rest of the UK and Europe, were received. International interest from farther afield, such as the United States, was also received and as the competition grows in future years we expect further artists to apply and expand the reach of the vision.

Partake or Spectate?

If you didn’t apply, don’t make the final cut, or are just interested in art and live painting en plein air, then why not come along and watch the competitors as they paint on Wednesday October 22 and Thursday, October 23 at the iconic and historic sites around Norwich including Pull’s Ferry, the Norwich Market, The Cathedrals, Elm Hill and the Norwich Castle.

Selection Panel & Process

Between September 1 and 21 the submitted artists were scrutinised by our panel of experts including Will Buckley, Rachel Campbell-Johnston, James Colman, Rev Dr Peter Doll, Mike King, and Stephanie Sinclair, in order to select not only the best, but a varied range of styles to make for an interesting and exciting competition that will appeal to both artists and appreciators of art.

Competing Artists Announced

Paint Out Norwich would like to announce that the following 31 artists have been selected to participate in the inaugural 2014 event:

John Behm, Timothy Betjeman, Bryony Birkbeck, Richard Bond, Patrick Boswell, Leon Bunnewell, Roy Connelly, Chris Daynes, Anthea Eames, Katie Falcon, Cornelia Fitzroy, Gerald Green, Mark Greenwood, Jane Hall, Wil Harvey, Francesca Heathorn, Tyga Helme, Mary Kallagher, Dan Llywelyn Hall, Chloe Mandy, Stephen Martyn, Elizabeth Monahan, Simon Page, David Pilgrim, Janet Poole, Michael P Richardson, Graham Rider, Haidee-Jo Summers, Mo Teeuw, Liam Wales, and Philip Wilkinson.

Congratulations to all of them for getting selected. Commiserations, also, to all those who did not make it this time –  please try again next year. The quality and range of submitted previous art work was wonderful and led to difficult decisions for the selectors.

 

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