The Big Painting Challenge continues on Sunday 19 Feb at 6.00pm on BBC One, with Mariella Frostrup and the Rev Richard Coles, once more on hand to oversee the battle of the brushes, as the nine remaining amateur artists face their next challenges.
This week our amateur artists are on the English south coast to tackle landscape painting – and have to battle the elements in Hastings as they paint ‘en plein air’.
Their first test is a tricky one, as they must accurately portray the straight lines and diminishing perspective of Hasting’s newly refurbished pier. And as befits a day out at the British seaside they are lashed by the wind and rain, and that’s before they face the lashing from the expert judges.
The next day there is a sea change, and it’s four seasons in one day as the meteorological muses throw everything they have at our intrepid artists. This time they are on the pier itself as they face the shoreline to take on the landscape, architecture and beachfront that make Hastings such an iconic town. Once again the mentors are on hand to help them navigate the challenge to capture perspective, composition and sense of place – but some artists are more receptive than others.
This week’s public panel is made up of Hastings’ locals, who will vote to keep their favourite in for one more week, but it’s up to the judges who goes.
The Big Painting Challenge Episode 2 (of 6) airs on Sunday 19 February 2017 from 6.00pm-7.00pm on BBC One.