Paint Out Wells 2016 Artist Winners, Prizes & Awards

Judges Nicholas Barnham and Amanda Geitner revealing First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2016 Prize Winners

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 at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went
First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter ‘Hoping for Sun’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

First Prize – Alfie Carpenter

The Paint Out Wells judges awarded Alfie Carpenter the £750 first prize donated by sponsor Hopkins 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 Out for 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

First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went
First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter ‘Hoping for Sun’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

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

Second Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Tanya Pawsey 'Dancing Boats' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Second Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Tanya Pawsey ‘Dancing Boats’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

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 sponsor Archant 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

Third Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Brian Korteling 'The Albatros' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Third Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Brian Korteling ‘The Albatros’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Brian Korteling was awarded the third prize of £250 donated by sponsor Sowerbys for 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.

Judge’s commendations

Judges Commendation at Paint Out Wells 2016 Jack Godfrey 'Up (and Down) the Creek' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Judges Commendation at Paint Out Wells 2016 Jack Godfrey ‘Up (and Down) the Creek’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

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 Out Wells 2015.

Spirit of Plein Air & Other Art Awards

Team Award - Spirit of Plein Air at Paint Out Wells 2016 John Behm 'LN86 BN2 and 6:37am, Wells at the Flood Tide' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Team Award – Spirit of Plein Air at Paint Out Wells 2016 John Behm ‘LN86 BN2 and 6:37am, Wells at the Flood Tide’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

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.

Community Award - Essence of Wells at Paint Out Wells 2016 Will Topley 'Dawn, Wells Gantry' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Community Award – Essence of Wells at Paint Out Wells 2016 Will Topley ‘Dawn, Wells Gantry’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

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.

Wells-next-the-Sea Sunday Sunrise Paint Out on the Quay

The Albatros and Well-next-the-Sea quayside at dawn sunrise, Paint Out Wells, Photo by Katy Jon Went

Paint the North Norfolk Coast at Dawn

For 2017 public paint outs and workshops including the 17 September Wells sunrise paintout on see here

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.

Artist Jane Hodgson at Paint Out Wells 2015 sunrise
Artist Jane Hodgson at Paint Out Wells 2015 sunrise

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.

Artist Mary MacCarthy at Paint Out Wells 2015 sunrise
Artist Mary MacCarthy at Paint Out Wells 2015 sunrise

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.

Sunrise at Wells, Norfolk by Katy Jon Went
Sunrise at Wells, Norfolk by Katy Jon Went

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.

Paint Out Wells Quayside public \'paint out\'
No. of subsidised Artists Brunch aboard The Albatros places required (optional)
Silhouetted Artists at Paint Out Wells 2015 sunrise
Silhouetted Artists at Paint Out Wells 2015 sunrise

 

Painting En Plein Air Under Changing Light Art Workshop with Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson Art Workshop at Paint Out Wells 2015 Photo by Katy Jon Went

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.

Student at Michael Richardson Art Workshops at Paint Out Wells 2015 Photo by Katy Jon Went
Student at Michael Richardson Art Workshops at Paint Out Wells 2015

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 Richardson demonstrating at Art Workshop at Paint Out Wells 2015 Photo by Katy Jon Went
Michael Richardson demonstrating at Art Workshop at Paint Out Wells 2015

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.
Wells-next-the-Sea Artist Workshops
Please select below taking place from 3-7.30pm on September 17, 2016, at Wells-next-the-Sea. Workshop package is £45. On Sunday 18th 6-10am optional paint out to try out your newly-learned skills at £10 or £20 with artists\' brunch on the Albatros.
Michael Richardson tutoring Art Workshop at Paint Out Wells 2015
Michael Richardson tutoring Art Workshop at Paint Out Wells 2015

Paint Out Wells 2016 Norfolk plein air Art competition returns 16-18 September

Richard Bond, 'Red, Blue and Yellow' watercolour at Paint Out Wells 2015 Photo by Mark Ivan Benfield

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.

Wells Submit entry   Wells Rules   Wells Schedule

Lara Cobden painting the sunrise at POW15, photo by Katy Jon Went
Lara Cobden, Wells award winner, painting during 2015’s Paint Out Wells sunrise event

Features & Itinerary

Friday 16 September
  • Wells Beach sunset paint out 4-7pm
Saturday 17 September
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

Artist Antonella Beschorner painting Jickling Yard in Wells, Norfolk POW15, Photo by Katy Jon Went
Artist Antonella Beschorner painting Jickling Yard in Wells, Norfolk during Paint Out Wells 2015

Additional artists are still welcome to join those already signed up, until the week of the competition, itself.

Please view the rules and requirements, and apply to take part. We can assist with accommodation advice.

Wells Submit entry   Wells Rules   Wells Schedule

Artists are also welcome to register interest in or apply to take part in the prestigous juried-entry Paint Out Norwich art competition, that runs the following month, 15-19 October 2016.


[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]

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 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.

 

 

Wells-next-the-Sea Artists Question Time

Artists Brushes

Artists Question Time

As part of Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea we are hosting an Artists Question Time on Thursday 10 September 6/6:30-8pm with a panel comprising:

  • Nicholas Barnham
  • Brian Ryder
  • Godfrey Sayers
  • Trevor Woods

The format will be relaxed yet familiar to political or gardening Question Time panel discussions. Please arrive between at or after 6pm for a 6.30 start. Drinks may be brought in.

Nicholas Barnham

Nicholas Barnham Artist Wells Harbour Norfolk
Nicholas Barnham Artist Wells Harbour Norfolk

Nicholas studied painting and stone carving at the Norwich School of Art and taught at Cambridge School of Art. He has worked mainly in East Anglia and his beloved Shetlands for some 50 years where he is an excellent landscape artist and printmaker. He finds the immediacy of watercolour lends itself to his en plein air landscapes and favoured fishing boats.

Brian Ryder

Brian Ryder Artists Burnham Overy Staithe Norfolk
Brian Ryder Artist Burnham Overy Staithe Norfolk

Brian turned professional in 1993 to pursue a life in painting following a long career in Architecture. He has run numerous courses in Britain and abroad and now resides in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk.

He has a distinctive, mainly landscapes, style combining an impressionist and semi abstract technique, trying to capture his passion for an atmospheric feel to his work. He regularly submits to the prestigious Royal Institute of Oil Painters for their annual exhibition at The Mall Galleries in London and has been a full member since 2011.

In 2012, in partnership with three other painters and Picturecraft Gallery in Holt, Brian formed the Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA), not only to resurrect the fine traditions of art in the area but to promote the Arts in general in East Anglia giving Artists a “goal to aim at.” He is currently its President. Brian believes that if you only paint during the warmer summer months you are missing some great subjects and fabulous lighting conditions.

Godfrey Sayers

Godfrey Sayers Artist Morston Creek Norfolk
Godfrey Sayers Artist Morston Creek Norfolk

Godfrey grew up in Blakeney and spent his early working life as a fisherman absorbing the “austere beauty and character of the Norfolk Coast”. Some of the finest painters of this coast come from backgrounds in fishing. He has exhibited in London and across Norfolk, and been bought around the world and at home including by the Prince of Wales.

Trevor Woods

Trevor Woods Artsits Creek Norfolk
Trevor Woods Artsits Creek Norfolk

Trevor was born in Maidstone, Kent, in 1974 and moved with his family to Norfolk in 1977. He has always had a keen interest in painting and design, and went freelance as an artist in 2004. His bold graphic style in acrylic and ink draws observers into his clean lines, and simplifications of familiar scenes, especially North Norfolk. It has been said of him that “it’s more about what he leaves out than what he includes.” He owns and has an ongoing exhibition at Gallery Plus, Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk.

 

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’.

 

 

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