Paint Out Norwich 2015 Day 2 Morning Session

Paint Out Norwich Artists © Matt Dartford

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Day 2

Paint Out Norwich 2015 CompetitionThe 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.

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Day 2 Afternoon Session

Paint Out Norwich Artists © Matt Dartford

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Day 2

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Competition
Paint Out Norwich 2015 Competition

The Paint Out Norwich 2015 competition continues after lunch on day 2 with session 2 at 1:30pm 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.

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Day 1 Evening Nocturne Session

Maddermarket Norwich by night

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Day 1 Nocturne

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Competition
Paint Out Norwich 2015 Competition

The Paint Out Norwich 2015 competition commences 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.

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Day 1 Afternoon Session

Haidee-Jo Summers painting the winning painting at Paint Out Norwich 2014

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Day 1

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Competition
Paint Out Norwich 2015 Competition

The Paint Out Norwich 2015 competition continues after lunch on day 1 with session 2 at 1:30pm 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.

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Day 1 Morning Session

Haidee-Jo Summers painting the winning painting at Paint Out Norwich 2014

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Day 1

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Competition
Paint Out Norwich 2015 Competition

The Paint Out Norwich 2015 competition begins in earnest with day 1 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.

Bold & Expressive: Mixed Media From Life Art Workshop with Denis Clarke

Mixed Media Art Workshop in Norwich

Australian artist, Denis Clarke, is in Norwich for Paint Out‘s art competition and events the week of 19-23 October. Before hitting the streets of Norwich with over 40 other artists and some 80 artists on Thursday at the mass Mousehold Heath ‘paint out’ he will be delivering an art workshop on Monday 19 October. Open to artists of all abilities, why not get enthused and inspired by this rare opportunity to be taught by a visiting experienced artist and art teacher.

Bold and Expressive: Mixed Media From Life

Denis Clarke, People Moving in Laneway, Mixed media
Denis Clarke, People Moving in Laneway, Mixed media

The workshop is titled “Bold and Expressive: Mixed Media From Life” and is an introduction to some diversions from habitual ways we look and draw from a subject. Methods might be challenging to get your thinking more attuned to a practice of learning to see form and space using drawing media as well as paint. Expressive use of mark and gesture will be encouraged.

Matisse proclaimed that to see things fresh and as if for the first time, “as if with the eye of a child” was a constant effort. Drawing is an ongoing dialogue in which you are being encouraged to suspend disbelief so as to encourage all the senses to respond. The sense of touch or imagined sense of touch seems to be as present in all good drawing as the sense of sight. Clumsiness and refinement, accident and control, may interchange in the process.

The otherness or impact of nature seems to be our ongoing goal to a realization of a meaningful statement in a mix of drawing media as well as paint.

Denis is renowned for devising and delivering innovative master class courses linking observational drawing to creative and experimental methods with drawing and mixed media. This is a rare opportunity to learn from an international artist and art teacher.

View more of Denis Clarke’s landscapes and urban artworks on his website.

About Denis Clarke, the Artist

Denis Clarke Austrlian artist art lecturer
Denis Clarke Austrlian artist & art lecturer

Denis Clarke is a well established artist who exhibits and teaches in Australia and the UK. He studied at the National Art School Sydney, St Martins School of Art, London and Byam Shaw School of Art, London. He also taught in Switzerland and was awarded a studio scholarship at at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. He has been both the  recipient of major awards as well as judged several prestigious art prizes.

From 1975 to 1998, Denis lived, exhibited and taught in London and Switzerland, teaching at the Camden School of Art, London and exhibiting most notably in London at Gillian Jason Gallery, Boundary Gallery and three one-man shows at James Colman Gallery at Montpelier Sandelson, Knightsbridge.

In 1998 Denis returned to live and paint in Sydney, where he exhibited with the Harris Courtin Gallery in Sydney. In 2003 he was awarded the Blackfriars Drawing Acquisitive. He has collaborated with several premier arts organizations such as Opera Factory in London and Switzerland, Warwickshire Arts Festival in the UK, and most recently as the artist in residence at Wollombi Valley Arts Council.

Denis has lectured at the National Art School, Sydney Australia, for ten years, and runs master classes and summer schools at numerous art institutions, universities and colleges.

Art Workshop Booking

 

Denis will offer the following art workshop on Monday 19 October in Norwich:

  • Bold and Expressive: Mixed Media From Life with Denis Clarke

Offered, as part of Paint Out Norwich 2014 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 10am and includes lunch in the £50 package price. You will need to bring your own art materials.

There is also an oil painting workshop with Paint Out veteran Michael Richardson if you prefer to work with traditional oils instead of mixed media.

Please book here.

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.”

 

 

 

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

 

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea Submissions Deadline 2015

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015 Competition
Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015 Competition

Submissions for Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015 opened on 10 June at midday when rules and requirements were published and the registrations and applications process went live. It comprises a 2-day competition and a further “artists and public” beach sunrise ‘Paint Out’ running during the week of 8-11 September.

Entries can be submitted here and the full event schedule seen here for selected artists.

Submissions for both Norwich and Wells-next-the-Sea events are open until the initial application deadline of 31 July and any applications received after that date up until 15 August may still be considered depending upon the allocation of juried-entry places by the submissions jury panel. Once all available competition places are filled any remaining applications will not be considered. To have the best chance of being selected please enter at the earliest opportunity as selection places will begin to be allocated from 1 August.

Wells Submit entry  Wells Rules   Wells Schedule

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