Between 9-1pm over 30 Plein Air artists will paint the Norwich Market area including Guildhall, City Hall, The Forum, St Peter Mancroft, Gentleman’s Walk, The Royal Arcade, Jarrolds, and the Lanes. Watch the artists painting in the open air and see their finished artworks first at the private view & art awards (17th) or afterwards at the Cathedral Hostry exhibition (18-28th).
Plein Air paintout from an open-top 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.
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
“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.
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.
These public paint outs are great opportunities to paint alongside experienced artists.
- Sunday 28 May 2017, Chapelfield, Norwich
- Sunday 17 Sep 2017, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
- Sunday 15 Oct 2017, Norwich
Paint Out has previously run a 100-person mass public paint out on Mousehold Heath, Norwich and sunrise paint outs on Wells Beach and Quayside in North Norfolk. In Norwich, we’ve also explored the historic Tombland and Cathedral Quarter district.
Paint Out Norwich Art Workshops
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.
Paint Out Norwich 2016 Workshops
Social Media for Artists – Katy Jon Went
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 Out Wells 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||£10||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||£20||Fishgate Room, Anteros Arts, Fye Bridge St. Includes break time.|
|Exploring Colour for Studio and Outdoors with 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||N/A||Cancelled|
|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.|
Paint the North Norfolk Coast at Dawn
Paint Out Wells runs 16-18 September on the North Norfolk Coast and invites artists of all ages and abilities to join the competition artists on the Wells quayside this Sunday morning to paint the dawn. Be among the silhouetted ship masts, cast shadows of the crab nets and rising morning sun at it looms over the prominent Granary gantry on Wells seafront.
Last year’s sunrise event was on the beach, this year it’s on the docks among the boats and birds.
Pre-dawn emerges from the darkness of night just before 6am, creeping around the ship masts, turning the sky purple and orange, before the 6:36am sunrise proper illuminates the haze of a September summer Sunday.
So grab your sketchpads or easels, paints, pastels or pens, and come and join two dozen artists on the quay painting, sketching, drawing, and even collaging the changing morning light. The weather forecast is good and we will be on the seafront 6-10am.
After painting, there is an optional subsidised Brunch aboard The Albatros, for just £5/head. It is only £10 for adults, £5 for children, or £20 for a whole family to participate, and have your art shown in the big marquee art exhibition on The Buttlands, 2-7pm, later in the day. The afternoon event also features street food vendors and take-out drinks from The Globe and The Crown, as well as the showing of around 100 works of art and a live competition paint out 3-6pm by Paint Out artists, as the culmination of their weekend event.
Artists will have painted a sunset on Wells-Next-The-Sea Beach on Friday, and spent Saturday morning in Burnham Market and Brancaster Staithe. On Saturday afternoon many artists will be found about Wells painting or joining the “Painting under pressure of changing light” art workshop (£45) with Michael Richardson, UA.
Read about last year’s sunrise paint out and its winners , or our sister event in Norwich last October, which saw 100 artists painting the skyline from Mousehold Heath. Check out our weekend agenda if you want to watch the artists painting at other times and places, and then come and see the finished art in the exhibition, and even buy art straight off the easel.
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.
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 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.|
Paint Out Wells 2016 Painting Festival
The North Norfolk plein air painting and art competition returns in September. This year, the theme is light and time and we plan to paint from sunrise to sunset across the weekend – well, in reverse actually! Some places remain for artists still wanting to enter the Paint Out Wells 2016 art event.
Features & Itinerary
Friday 16 September
- Wells Beach sunset paint out 4-7pm
Saturday 17 September
- Brancaster Staithe & Burnham Market paint outs 9-1pm
- Wells Town paint out 3pm-6pm/4-7pm
- Painting workshop with Michael Richardson, UA on working in changing light and under time pressure, ideal for dawn, dusk, nocturne and weather-conscious artists 3-7pm (open to non-competition artists for a workshop participation fee)
Sunday 18 September
- Wells Quayside sunrise paint out 6-10am (open to public for a small fee)
- Art Exhibition and Sale on the Buttlands 2-7pm
- Pop-up paint out on the Buttlands 3-6pm
Call to Artists
Additional artists are still welcome to join those already signed up, until the week of the competition, itself.
[The cover photo is of Paint Out Norwich 2015 winner- artist Richard Bond‘s watercolour painting of Wells Beach huts titled ‘Red, Blue and Yellow’, during Paint Out Wells 2015]
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
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
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.
To be involved in Paint Out‘s 2016 events, artists can register their interest here.
Royal Academy Exhibition Media Reviews
The Daily Telegraph writes that:
“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.”
The Guardian said:
“This exhibition of psychedelic modernist pastoral art is a ravishing joy and takes Monet out of the chocolate box, revealing one of art’s great humanists.”
And in another Guardian review:
“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’
Artist Liam Wales wins again!
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.
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.”
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.
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:
Paint Out Norwich 2015 Day 1
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.