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.
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.
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.
“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
Public Paint Out “on the bus” for Artists of all ages & abilities
This Sunday 28 May we’re calling amateur and professional artists to draw and paint with us around the Chapelfield, Forum and Norwich City Hall area. For extra height and a fresh view of the city you can opt to paint from a static double decker open top bus.
The 28 May paint out is available all-day 9-5pm but do come along, morning or afternoon or both.
Bus stop times are 9-9:30am & 1-1:30pm for pick ups from Guildhall/City Hall parking bays from which we may drive to painting spots. If you miss the bus, or can’t find us, call 07808 970429 or 07432 608015 to find out where we are.
We’ve also art workshops to brush up your skills on Saturday 27 May, the day before.
In 2015 Paint Out ran a 100-person mass public paint out on Mousehold Heath, Norwich and also a sunrise on Wells Beach, North Norfolk. This year we are running a Sunday afternoon paint out for all in and around the historic Tombland and Cathedral Close/Quarter district. These public paint outs are great opportunities to paint alongside experienced competition artists. If you want to brush up your drawing or painting skills, there are art workshops the day before at Anteros Arts on Fye Bridge St.
Sunday 16 October 2016, Norwich, Tombland afternoon paint out (1-4pm)
The cost is just £10 for individuals or £20 for families to come out and paint together with the opportunity to have the best and most varied paintings, drawings, collages, hung in Anteros Arts Centre.
There are plenty of places you could paint including Princes Street, Fye Bridge, Tombland, around the Cathedral Gates, Cloisters and Close. Dozens of artists will be there, come and join them and take art back out onto the streets of Norwich.
From midday, you can also get a prix fixe special lunch+drink deal at North Cafe Bar for just £7.
Paint Out Norwich 2016 programme of artist workshops takes place on Saturday 15 October including oils from dusk to dark, egg tempera making & painting, colour theory in practice (indoors and out), social media for artists. All workshops take place at Anteros Arts Centre on Fye Bridge St, please book below.
Social Media guru with 14,000 followers and Web promotion specialist (“how to get to no#1 on google”) Katy Went will help you learn how to maximise your social media reach for your artworks with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc – and how to find the best platform for your style and expertise. As a photographer, writer and promoter, she knows words and images, and how to get them read and seen. For instance, how to get 35,000 views of a single blog post, 3,500 reach for your Facebook post, 350 clickthroughs to your website, 1200 likes on an album of images, posting tricks for 30 art and artist groups. Blogging, tagging and art photo-sharing tips. Bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone or hire one for £5.
Egg Tempera Painting for *Kids – Sue Mann
Before modern oil paints, artists made their own paint using egg and other natural materials. Artist Sue Mann will lead this unusual workshop in how to mix your own egg tempera paints, and then use them to paint a still life. *Children includes everyone, age 6 and upwards, young at heart adults may apply and try a small amount of pre-prepared artist’s pigment. They can also bring along some white gouache and watercolour/gouache to learn how to combine with the hands-on activity and their current practice. Includes a break for kids and adults alike to stretch their legs and let off steam. Read more about Sue Mann’s art tutoring services.
Exploring Colour for Studio & Outdoors – David Lindsay
Artist David Lindsay looks at colour theory in practice for painting from life. Beginners and experienced artists welcome. Creative exercises designed to develop an individual sense of colour followed by a chance to test out skills by working outside. Materials supplied for morning session, bring your own materials for the afternoon session.
Life Drawing – Brian Korteling
Friendly and informal life drawing session with artist Brian Korteling. Everyone is welcome from the complete novice to the most experienced of artists. Drawing materials are supplied, though bring other equipment if you like. Includes a 10 min break for tea/coffee, a biscuit and a chat in the middle of the session.
[This class has unfortunately been cancelled]
Nocturne Oils from Dusk To Dark – Michael Richardson
An indoor briefing and, then working outdoors in disappearing light. This nocturne oil painting (watercolourists may apply but techniques are primarily aimed at oil painters) workshop is delivered by seasoned professional, Michael Richardson, a member of the Plein Air Painting Society, The Wapping Group of Artists, and who shows in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. He paints outside almost every day in the Impressionist style for collectors worldwide. His workshops are very well attended when delivered at Paint OutWells and Norwich. He was the winner of the inaugural Paint Out Norwich 2015 Nocturne Painting Competition.
Workshop Booking details
Social Media for Artists with Katy Went
October 15, 2016
9:30am – 10:30am
Bring your own laptop, smartphone, ipad or hire one (£5). Meet at Colgate Room, Anteros Arts, Fye Bridge St
Egg Tempera Painting for *Kids (6-adult) with Sue Mann
October 15, 2016
11:00am – 2:00pm
Fishgate Room, Anteros Arts, Fye Bridge St. Includes break time.
Exploring Colour for Studio and Outdoorswith David Lindsay
October 15, 2016
11:30am – 4:30pm
£40+£5 paint materials hire/usage if require
Materials supplied for morning session, bring your own materials for the afternoon session. Lunch not supplied, suggest North Cafe next door to Anteros. Held in Colgate Room, Anteros Arts, Fye Bridge St
Life Drawing with Brian Korteling
October 15, 2016
2:00pm – 4:00pm
From Dusk to Dark, Nocturne Painting with Michael Richardson
October 15, 2016
4:30pm – 8:30pm
£40 + £5 light hire/£10 purchase
Bring your own materials. Meet at Anteros Arts, Fye Bridge St. Initially held in Fishgate Room, then outside around Tombland.
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 – Alfie Carpenter
The Paint Out Wellsjudges awarded Alfie Carpenter the £750 first prize donated by sponsorHopkins 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 Outfor 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
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
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 sponsorArchant 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
Brian Korteling was awarded the third prize of £250 donated by sponsorSowerbysfor 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.
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 OutWells 2015.
Spirit of Plein Air & Other Art Awards
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 Paintingin Changing Light with Michael Richardson
September 17, 2016
10-12 spaces available
Bring your own materials. Meet at the Albatros Ship.
A new Royal Academy exhibition displays paintings by artists of inspiration found in gardens, Claude Monet being preeminent among them and representing a quarter of the gallery space. Monet was not only a masterful painter but also a horticulturalist who regarded his “garden [as his] most beautiful masterpiece” and nature as “the source of [his] inspiration”. He once said: “I am good at only two things, and those are gardening and painting” and that he owed “having become a painter to flowers”.
“Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.” – Royal Academy
Monet was riddled with artist’s anxieties, and a lack of self-belief and sales, at times, but this was compensated for by his overwhelming desire and obsessive drive to paint what he saw and experienced.
“Every day I discover even more beautiful things. It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all – my head is bursting…” – Monet
Apart from Claude Monet, the exhibition features works by Frédéric Bazille, Pierre Bonnard, Gustave Caillebotte, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Childe Hassam, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, Max Liebermann, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Berthe Morisot, Emil Nolde, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Santiago Rusiňol, John Singer Sargent, Joaquín Sorolla, James-Jacques Tissot, Vincent van Gogh and Edouard Vuillard. Two women and just one Englishman, aren’t we a nation of gardeners?
Gardeners among the Artists
Among the artists, and in addition to Monet himself, Bonnard, Caillebotte, Cézanne, Pissarro, and Renoir, stand out as gardeners in addition to being painters. Pissarro was critiqued by contemporaries as an “Impressionist market gardener specialising in cabbages” whilst Monet has been described as “the artist-gardener par excellence” by Ann Dumas, co-curator of the RA’s show.
Monet Painting in His Garden
Over 120 paintings feature from across Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde periods including Monet’s monumental Agapanthus Triptych, and Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil from 1873, painted by Monet’s friend and colleague since art school, Renoir, on a visit.
In a reminiscence Monet said that Manet whilst painting Monet’s family was joined by Renoir doing likewise. After a while, Manet took Monet aside and whispered to him:
“You’re on very good terms with Renoir and take an interest in his future – do advise him to give up painting! You can see for yourself that it’s not his metier at all.” – Manet to Monet about Renoir!
Monet Painting in His Garden shows it was not unknown for artists to paint artists painting. This is something Paint Out‘s events have borne witness to with well over a dozen paintings featuring artists in the frame.
Plein Air Paint Out
Paint Out‘s previous plein air competitions in Norwich and Wells-next-the-Sea have focused on urban and seafront landscapes but it didn’t stop some artists seeking out gardens as inspirations.
The mass ‘paint out’ on Norfolk’s historic Mousehold Heath also gave artists the opportunity to paint the cityscape of Norwich or the heath itself- filled with trees, bushes, dogs, children playing, and 100 artists painting.
“the middle class garden in the 19th century did not just change the well-being of the population of Europe, but also the history of art as we know it. [the] exhibition at the Royal Academy [reveals] how the creation of the ordinary back gardens so prevalent today inspired a new generation of artists from Monet to Matisse.”
“Monet’s visions of the gardens he created at Argenteuil, Vétheuil and Giverny…are planted at intervals all the way through the show until they build to a grand finale at the end – a spectacular vision of water lilies, and of modern art.”
For those who’ve seen enough Monet, The Times says don’t be deterred:
“It’s the giddying profusion of colour that will first strike you. The visitor is led along light-dappled pathways into an all but fantastical chromatic world. Here are explosions of dahlias, there cascades of roses; here are banks of chrysanthemums, there the blaze of sunflowers. This show offers a sensory experience as much as an intellectual thesis.” – Rachel Campbell-Johnston
It is interesting to see how art is more appreciated, often many years after its initial creation, as the Independent review points out:
“Indeed, even the term impressionism was coined as a negative phrase by the then contemporary critic Louis Leroy, who declared that Monet’s painting was, at most, a sketch, and could hardly be termed a finished work.”
Not all the paintings concentrate on flowers, some emphasise the people in them, or even a pair of old boots:
“‘Miss Jekyll’s Gardening Boots’ is a painting by Sir William Nicholson. It was a gift for the architect Edwin Lutyens who worked closely with Gertrude Jekyll, the gardener. It’s a simple yet evocative painting of her boots and the only painting in the exhibition that proves keeping a garden takes hard work and dedication [just like painting!]. The boots are tired and made of leather, the left boot is losing a sole, and the right has a gaping hole where the sole has lost its grip on the leather completely.”
The exhibition runs 30 January – 20 April 2016 and is open Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm and late night Fridays till 10pm. Tickets are £16 plus optional donation and the Royal Academy address is: Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BDs’
Paint Out Norwich 2015 Prizewinning Paintings & Artists
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
The Paint Out Norwich judges awarded Richard Bond the £1,500 First Prize donated by sponsorChris 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
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 sponsorStrutt and Parker for her 14×18″ oil painting of “View of Norwich from Mousehold Heath”, done at our Mousehold Heath mass ‘paint out’.
“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
Eloise O’Hare was awarded the Third Prize of £500 donated by sponsorJamieson’s Property Search for her pen, ink and watercolour, work invitingly titled “Chocolate Arcade”. It was completed under the shelter of the ArtNouveau-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
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 sponsorMills & 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:
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”
Marcus Dickey Horley chose Gennadiy Ivanov – “Autumn at Wensum River”
Amanda Geitner chose Brian Korteling – “Sovereign House”
The Paint Out Norwich 2015 competition commences the second day of its first Nocturne evening painting session at 6:30pm for a 3 hour en plein air art “paint out” at night at several historical and iconic locations around the fine city of Norwich.
Members of the public are encouraged to come and view over 12 jury-selected artists creating their artworks in full view of spectators, general passers by, diners, and tourists, as well as being subject to the contrary elements of the weather, and the pressure of the clock.
The Paint Out Norwich 2015 competition begins in earnest with day 2 session 1 at 9:00am for a 3 hour en plein air art “paint out” at each of several historical and iconic locations around the fine city of Norwich.
Members of the public are encouraged to come and view over 40 jury-selected artists creating their artworks in full view of spectators, general passers by, shoppers, and tourists, as well as being subject to the contrary elements of the weather, and the pressure of the clock.