10th February 2021
Last night my appearance on Landscape Artist was aired, it was incredibly nerve wracking. Not what I actually produced, but seeing myself and hearing my broad Yorkshire accent (which I am very proud to have) The thing was I had no idea what would be put out, and I couldn’t remember half of what I had said because it was filmed in July 2020.
The day of filming was an early start, the day was drizzly and a bit cold. Filming started quite quickly, doing our walking in shots. I was paired with Clare a fellow contestant and a painter in oils like myself. We were chatting away while been filmed, and we both forgot all about the fact that we had been miked up.
“I much prefer portraits to landscapes” I said and Clare agreed with me. The man directing us (I presume the director?) had a word or two to say to us about talking about portraits whilst in a landscape competition
“I feel like I’ve had a telling off” I said to Clare and she agreed, we laughed. That put me at ease and from that point on the nerves had gone.
We had endless interviews most of which never made it to the show.
It really was a great day, the crew were incredibly friendly even though you couldn’t move without a camera in your face.
We were plonked right in front of this beautiful yellow house, there was no getting away from the fact, that they wanted us to paint it. I looked at it a long time, and I was opposite the front door with no greenery either side so I thought right, full on image of the house it is. I didn't want to go full on with the detail to just show light touches of it. If I would have had enough time I would have let it dry and then worked back over it again, but 4 hours was all I had.
I was selected to the last three, I was gobsmacked! The last three comprised of me, Clare, an oil painter and Rory a screen printer. I knew Clare was the one to beat, and her work is incredible.
Clare got through, it was all over but I was glad to lose to a talented Artist who was also a lovely lady
The parts I will always remember will be being around fellow artist who have a passion for painting and Art, I was interviewed by Tai who I respect greatly, and being a fellow artist we were able to chat about everything “Arty”.
A great day, and who knows I may get further next time, as I’ve already applied, for Landscape and Portrait Artist of the Year, fingers and toes crossed.