That's all the more important when you're painting on BBC1 and your paintings are being criticised in full view of the nation - and your comments get edited down (as do the Judges!)
So here for posterity are all the blog posts I could find by the artists participating in The Final of The Big Painting Challenge - plus a couple of the other artists who blogged about their experiences.
Paul Bell - The WinnerYou can read Paul Bell's posts about how he became the winner on his website's blog http://paulbellart.co.uk/#blog.
He was also the only artist who managed a blog post about each episode - so well done Paul on that count too!
- Episode 1: Alnwick Castle (22 February 2015)
- Episode 2: South Bank London – Portraiture (26 February 2015)
- Episode 3 - Still Life Blenheim Palace (7 March 2015)
- Episode 4 – Tate Britain, life drawing and movement (15 March 2015)
- Episode 5 – Cityscapes, Livepool (23 March 2015)
- Episode 6, The Final – Dartmouth, Seascapes 27 March 2015 (I think he wrote it in advance!)
Claire Parker - Finalist
You can read Claire's post about The Final - Worse things happen at sea - on her website Home is where the blog is.
She writes well and has some interesting blog posts written as a spinoff to her experience - do have a read.
Richard Salter - Finalist
Richard has been painting studio responses to his episodes
- Episode 1
- Response to Episode 1 – Hummingbird Blue
- Response to Episode 2 – Brothers in Arms
- Response to Episode 3 – We Shall Remember Them
- Response to Episode 4 – Ballet I & Dance of Passion (Flamenco)
- Response to Episode 5 – “The Heartbeat of Liverpool” & “Mathew Street”
Amy Goldring - Finalist
Amy doesn't have a blog but you can read The Big Painting Challenge: An Exclusive Interview with Amy Goldring
You can read interviews and blog posts using the links below. You can
Anne Blankson-Hemans and her art in a five page article in the May Edition of The Artist Magazine - now available online and in the shops.
This evening I'm going to a Private View of Daphne Todd's latest exhibition at Messum's in Cork street which opens tomorrow. I have my critique book to hand.... ;)