Landscape artist of the Year
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Good to see Martin Taylor and his work on here, and his experience of the day. I watched the winner’s prize/challenge last night and enjoyed it , perhaps as much for the wonderful scenery of Snowdonia as for the painting! It was a tough ask to chose one view from such a beautiful area. I thought in the end she did well with the work produced and I was interested to see some of her other paintings of jazz musicians at the beginning. Overall I’ve enjoyed the series and no doubt will watch it again. It has its limitations as all of these formulaic series do, but it’s always good to see painting on the box which doesn’t involve so called celebrities. I agree that they don’t show enough serious painting and that there’s too much chat, but pretty good overall.Thanks Tessa, It's good to engage with people, I'm always surprised anyone remembers seeing me on LAOTY. It was a great experience in many ways, there's so much I could tell folk about it. I learnt how they make a programme. You don't have on influence over any of it. There was some great footage which never got aired. I hardly met any of the judges. Stephen Mangam was really engaging and good fun as was Joan. I sold the painting for good money considering it was four hours work. There are so many ways you could approach this, you just have to go with it, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Thanks Martin for the insight. Obviously we only really see a potted version of the day on tv. I remember someone else writing the story of her very long and tiring day filming the show, but also said she enjoyed it. And so to the Canadian version, be careful what you wish for! Must admit I was tempted to turn the sound down at one point. Somehow I thought they might have varied the formula a little, so was rather disappointed and it felt like the UK version on steroids! I did quite like the work of the lady who won, and felt the judges by their comments, wanted a fairly literal translation of the view. In general I thought the standard pretty poor. What did anyone else think!? Will you watch again?Tessa, I agree with you. It wasn't on a par with the British programme. It seemed lightweight. You're right about the steroids! However....I will watch it again next week, if only to see if the level improves. Unlike "our programme" we didn't get any insight into the planning of the paintings either. Strange....