Last summer I was lucky enough to be selected to take part in one of my favourite TV shows, Sky Landscape Artist of the Year. It was a last minute application - I've always thought it would be fun if you were chosen to be one of the 'wild card' artists, who look as though they are having such a good time (even though it does always seem to be raining).
When the phone call came, it took a while before I realised that the good news the Sky producer was sharing was that I had been selected to be one of the artists in a 'pod' - quite a lot more stressful and I did have to think about it, but not for long! I've always been a great believer in taking opportunities when they are offered.
It was quite an experience and although I had a bad case of imposter syndrome, I really enjoyed the whole process; the production team were so friendly and bent over backwards to make the contestants' experience as positive as they could.
It was amazing to reach the final three!
Many, many congratulations to Ophelia Redpath, 2020 LAOTY winner!
At the semi-finals in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - it poured with rain!
The final paintings - Kew Palm House, the commission piece - and the view down-river from Trinity Buoy Wharf, East London
In the absence of physical exhibitions, the Reading Guild of Artists is currently running two online exhibitions, each showing a series of gallery 'rooms'
while we wait
What visitors have been saying:
"...the variety of work, media and styles contribute to a real gallery experience."
"Another wonderful display of members' work."
"An exciting collection of work... great balance of colour, texture and subject matter."
Celebrating Our Town – Discover Reading
Some comments from visitors:
"It's a joy to wander round at leisure from my own armchair! I can re-enter a room, stand and gaze with nobody wanting to share my view."
"Most enjoyable to wander around the "rooms" and see the inspiring pieces from RGA artists."
"A wonderful window into the Guild."
"A brilliant show – some lovely work really well presented."
Introduction to painting in oils
Tuesday 17th August 2021 10am - 4pm
at Micklems Farm
This workshop is ideal for beginners, or for those who have previously used other media.
We will look at the fundamentals of painting in oils - techniques and materials - and the aim of the day is that you will leave with the confidence and knowledge to continue enjoying this versatile medium at home.
I recommend wearing old clothes or an apron to protect your clothing. By the end of the day you will have produced a tonal study and an oil painting of a still life in colour.
All materials are included.
Bring a packed lunch; tea, coffee, biscuits provided.
Later this year I'll be running a 'plein air' workshop aimed at those who want to gain experience in painting landscapes in oils on location outside.
See the Micklems Farm Creative Workshops website
www.micklemsfarm.com for details