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.”

 

 

 

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’.

 

 

Announcing Paint Out Norwich 2014

Paint Out Norwich 2014 is a 2-day plein air painting competition at prominent Norwich city venues during the October Hostry Festival, now in its fourth year.

Experienced artists are invited to submit applications by 1st September in order to participate in the open air event which will  feature the following painting locations and their immediate surroundings:

Paint Out Norwich in EDP news story
Photo ©EDP (used by permission)

The days set aside for painting are Wednesday and Thursday 22-23 October 2014 and the public are invited to watch the works in progress.

Prizes to be won:

  • First prize – £1000
  • Second prize – £500
  • Third prize – £250
  • People’s Choice Award – art materials hamper (provided by Norwich Art Supplies)

Judges for the competition include:

  • Trevor Chamberlain, independent leading Plein Air artist
  • Colin Self, internationally acclaimed Norwich-based artist
  • Amanda Geitner, Head of Exhibitions at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA.

In an interview with the EDP James Colman, part of the Paint Out Norwich Selection Team, said:

“This year we thought it would be a good move to take the visual arts into the streets of Norwich. It’s all about getting people excited about visual arts and the festival because there are lots of great things going on. For the first year we thought it would be a popular move to create paintings inspired by the great landmarks of Norwich and see what people come up with, there will be different interpretations and we are interested in new and novel ways of looking at our great landmarks.”

See more from the EDP story of the competition announcement.

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