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That is my penultimate Warmth Overview of Collection 9 of Panorama Artist of the Yr . Another to go after which it is going to be the semi-finals! This week’s fifth warmth got here from Pier Head in Liverpool.

  • On one aspect of the Pods have been the Three Graces – very massive and historic buildings related to Liverpool’s previous. 
  • On the opposite aspect was the River Mersey and the Mersey Ferries Terminal – which attracted plenty of the wildcard artists.
Warmth Work lined up
in entrance of the previous workplaces of the Port of Liverpool Constructing

Episode 5: Liverpool – The Three Graces

That is my overview of the fifth episode of the ninth collection of Panorama Artist of the Yr
As common readers will know by now, it considers:

  • the situation and climate
  • the artists’ profiles
  • themes arising in the course of the episode
  • judges decision-making
  • who was shortlisted and who gained.

Location and Climate

Topic Matter: Three massive buildings for the pod artists
(be aware the pods on excessive proper of Pier Head)
wildcards might select the buildings
OR flip in the direction of the Mersey Ferries Terminal, the River Mersey and the Ferries

This week’s warmth was on the Liverpool Waterfront at Pier Head
– adjoining to:

  • The Three Graces at Pier Head (from left to proper)
    • the
      Royal Liver Constructing
      (1908-11) – one of many first buildings on the planet to be constructed
      utilizing bolstered concrete. It is a landmark constructing in Liverpool
      and is famed for the 2 Liver Birds which standing on prime of the
      two cupola watching over land and sea

    • the
      Cunard Constructing
      (1914-16) – that is 
      a mixture 
      of Italian Renaissance and Greek Revival types. It was once residence residence to Cunard’s passenger services for trans-Atlantic journeys departing from Liverpool. 

    • the Port of Liverpool Constructing (1904-1907) – previously the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Workplaces, extra generally referred to as the Dock Workplace is a
      Grade II* listed constructing. It was the primary massive constructing on Pier Head and was constructed with a bolstered concrete body clad in Portland Stone

  • The
    statue of the Beatles on Pier Head
  • The Gerry Marsden Terminal at Pier Head of the
    Mersey Ferries which was renamed in 2022 in honour of Gerry Marsden who made
    “Ferry throughout the Mersey” well-known.


It was a extremely popular day – and but once more the pods are out within the
. The artists get the good thing about followers however there’s completely no shade. 

  • I am not fairly certain how the authorized necessities for caring for the
    well being and wellbeing of the individuals permits for no shade in any respect on a extremely popular and sunny day. 
  • Or perhaps there’s shade and I can not see it? I do know the highest of the pod is opaque. It will be good to realize it incorporates a powerful UV filter. Factor is after I have a look at
    the programme all I can see is artists in pods in full solar (i.e. there
    are shadows from objects on the ground of the pod) who’re complaining
    about how sizzling it’s. I do know they put followers within the pods – however the issue with followers is they do not cease heatstroke or UV.

If I used to be in a pod with no shade on a sizzling day I would stroll out – or insist they sorted out some shade for me.

Pods on pier head on a extremely popular day with no shade.

The opposite downside with portray in vibrant daylight is you can’t see
color correctly. If you happen to’re additionally taking a look at white buildings, it turns into a bit like snow blindness.

What they want is a venetian blind system which the artist can management to
cowl the pod if required. Alternatively the equal of an upright sunshade inside the pod – large enough for artist and portray.

As far as the wildcards are involved, it is completely as much as them how
they place themselves and whether or not they carry any shade with them
. I am considering these tents fulfil plenty of functions from holding you dry
to offering shade….  See the winner of the wildcards to see how she dealt with it (under)

Artists’ Profiles

I am starting to suppose that the cameras which report the artists work
will need to have stopped working
– as a result of we’ve
LOST the official itemizing (which is a superb pity) of:

  • the proper spelling of each artist’s title
  • hyperlinks to their social media websites
  • a video of how they created their panorama paintings

It stops after Warmth 3.

These are the artists who painted Pier Head in Episode 5

Beneath hyperlinks to the artist’s web site is embedded of their title – if
they’ve one.

  • Ruqayya Aftab  – a nice artwork scholar from Birmingham. No social media as far as I can see. Her submission was of a woodcut of a market in Pakistan.
  • Penny Bearman (Instagram) – from Deal in Kent. She considers herself to be an impressionist and likes to provide atmospheric landscapes and dramatic cloudscapes. 
  • Mark Bonnello  (Instagram) – an HGV driver dwelling in County Antrim. He is a self taught painter who works largely in oils. He has been taking his portray severely since 2018 and has exhibited on the RUA, the RSMA and the ROI and lists his smaller works on his web site.
  • Chris Dorning (Instagram) – a combined media artist from Cumbria. He’s an expert mural
    artist and likes portray on a vibrant purple floor.
  • Kerry Doyland (Instagram) – from Essex. She certified as an architectural designer within the 1980’s and began her personal design firm. She was awarded British Designer of the Yr and Freedom of the Metropolis of London for her work on this discipline. She now paints in acrylics. Her submission portray was both stunning and unhappy – of a terrace at a lodge in Venice which she visited after she misplaced her husband to Covid.

Beneath Kerry is seen with a digicam hanging over her shoulder – ought to anyone be beneath any phantasm as to what it is really like for the artists within the pods!

  • Quentin Martin (Instagram) – a British architectural designer, artist and artwork tutor who enjoys portray. Working largely in oils, his topics primarily embrace landscapes. Produced en plein air, the work is as a lot concerning the journey, seeking the topic, as it’s the topic itself. He has exhibited extensively together with many open exhibitions.
  • Ciaran Meister (Instagram) – a multidisciplinary artist, musician and filmmaker dwelling and dealing
    in Wicklow, Eire. He paints rural scenes with broad flat vertical
    strokes. His follow is worried with mark-making and explorations
    of time and reminiscence.

Liverpudlians are sound. Stopping and saying good issues about my
portray in one of the best accent was a spotlight.

If you happen to’re
considering of coming into
positively do. It’s a cool expertise and spectacular to see how such
an enormous manufacturing comes collectively on the day.

  • Monica Popham (Instagram) – a digital media supervisor and panorama artist and illustrator from Gibraltar. Presently primarily based in Guildford. The principle physique of her work focuses on the tangible high quality of daylight, and the way it interacts with the structure in Gibraltar and different Mediterranean cities. 

There have been a number of weeks between the decision and my warmth, so I got down to follow as a lot as potential. There have been plenty of emails and calls throughout this time with an intensive artist questionnaire all about my background, portray method and character.

We have been advised our location was alongside the Liverpool waterfront so after wanting on google maps, I assumed it was going to be both the Albert Docks, The Liver Constructing or the Liverpool Museum. After learning the blogs of earlier episodes on Making a Mark (which I recommend any artist who’s going on the programme to do), I practiced portray within the 4 hour window.

As all the time I am vastly appreciative of those that give my weblog and critiques a point out! 


The issues of portray on a sizzling day

Here is among the issues that occur to artists / painters on a sizzling day.

  • the paint dries far too quick
  • acrylics will dry in your pan earlier than you get to make use of them
  • oil turns into tough to regulate 
  • results that are potential when utilizing watercolour turn out to be completely
    not possible
  • adhesion deteriorates. Subsequent layers can turn out to be problematical
  • every thing you contact is hotter
  • artists will dehydrate very quick if they do not preserve ingesting water – and
    with dehydration comes extra well being points and issues

As well as, in case you are portray close to the coast or a really massive river,
there could also be cooling winds which could offer you a false of safety. Your
pores and skin will nonetheless be burning, your physique will nonetheless be dehydrating and your
paint will nonetheless be drying far too quick

Additionally, in the event you paint within the solar you’ll discover that your portray seems to be
very totally different whenever you get it inside and outside of the solar….

TIP: Cut back issues with sizzling climate by ALWAYS finding your self in
the shade when in any respect potential.  
The trick is to do no matter it takes to maintain each you and your portray gear cool.

After I arrived at a location on a
sunny day I all the time used to spend most of my time at the start

  • checking the place north is
  • understanding how the solar will transfer
  • understanding the place the shady spots are that are more likely to keep shady for
    more often than not

TIP: Plein air artists are beneficial to measurement up the scene for the transit of the solar – however to verify they do all of the above quick so you will get a spot within the

This isn’t an choice for pod artists – however is for the wildcard artists

Plus take equipment with you which of them helps you deal with the solar, vibrant gentle and warmth

  • sun shades enable you to see tones higher – and also you eyes additionally will not
    undergo from an excessive amount of vibrant gentle
  • ensure you’ve obtained the again of your neck lined – to keep away from
    boiling your mind by heating up the blood which travels up from
    your neck
  • Put on a hat with a VERY massive secure brim if within the solar
  • Put on a solar visor if sitting within the shade. You do not want a hat to
    preserve the solar off your head however you continue to want one thing to restrict the
    quantity of solar in your eyes.


  • make sure that your tonal sample in relation to daylight stays the
    similar all through

    – in any other case you will have a really confused portray. 
  • this turns into simpler IF you do a tonal sketch at the start which
    • arrows denoting the course of the sunshine
    • the place the shade is positioned – in very broad phrases

  • be careful for mirrored gentle
    – which may also change because the
    course of sunshine modifications


I requested those that observe the collection at what level they attempt to determine
who may need gained.
I obtained plenty of responses. This was one in every of them.

I’ve given up.
1. Choose primarily artists who submit rural
scenes, timber, inexperienced and so on. and/or appear to want to work small
Plonk them in entrance of a load of buildings which have little
relevance to the ultimate fee (if it was recognized at filming
3. Marvel why outcomes are a bit whatevs.
Judges lose some actually good artists at shortlisting stage

I could not have stated it higher. 

For me the challenge administration of
location selections in the course of the collection relative to the fee wants
some very important enchancment.

There are LOTS of places on this nation which offer wonderful
landscapes which don’t embrace very massive buildings. This collection
wants to seek out out the place they’re. I actually don’t perceive this programme’s obsession with massive buildings and metropolitan views. It is emphatically NOT what many of the viewers wish to see – and many of the viewers are going to be novice / semi skilled artists or individuals who wish to be one.

TIP: Storyvault Movies (who make
the programme) ought to ask viewers and followers for solutions for potential places
which offer two locations the place pods might be sited with totally different
views. I am certain they’d obtained plenty of very smart solutions if they’re clear as to the parameters which assist decide a website 

How you can method a topic someone else has advised you to color

Do you need to paint what’s put in entrance of you?

Up to now this collection, no one has rotated of their pod and painted the
view the opposite manner. (bear in mind what occurred in Episode 3 final 12 months?)  

Simply bear in mind it is an choice. Particularly if they are not
filming the artists from above!

It is a bonus in the event you get one of many finish pods – you then have a perspective out of the aspect and never only one straight in entrance.

What do you do if it features a very very foolish function?

Resembling a really massive pink octopus?

That is what gaced the painters. An especially massive blow up pink octopus.
(I would have been very tempted if I had a really sharp object!!)

It resulted in artists who ignored the octopus (very clever) and people who
included it. I assumed those that ignored it have been probably the most smart. It is actually what I’d have finished.

What’s the best format: panorama / panorama / sq. / portrait?

Confronted with a really large topic what’s the best option to take care of it?

What I am noticing is that increasingly more artists are turning up with
“letterbox format” ( 16:9 ratio? ) helps which are perfect for portray
panoramic landscapes. 

TIP: I’d not suggest utilizing a
panoramic format until you’ve got finished this earlier than
– ideally a number of occasions. the way in which you design for a panorama is
totally different to that for extra standard codecs.

Additionally you by no means have to color the entire thing and confronted with this type of scene in entrance of them, 5 of the artists seemed for methods of creating their topic a lot smaller.

P.S. I am solely shocked that we do not see extra sq. codecs given how a lot
Instagram loves sq.!!

VERY Sizzling Colored Grounds: Pink and Brilliant Pink and Orange!!

The extremely popular warmth on the day was notable for talso being related to a variety of very vibrant / “sizzling” paints used to create a floor on their chosen help earlier than portray correct began. 

The notion of utilizing a sizzling color as a floor is that when you have got a topic which incorporates plenty of very plain neutrals:

  • the very vibrant color can present vibrancy, luminosity and color depth within the paint utilized over prime
  • most of it will get painted out – leaving little pops of color which excite the image airplane. 

The color you tone your help with is NOT the identical as an underpainting

An underpainting entails making a monochrome portray of the topic in a specific color. That is one the place you make all of the errors and corrections referring to measurement, form, proportions, perspective, tonal sample setc

Sadly, with the 4 hour time restrict we are likely to see only a few of those in LAOTY Heats.

Personally, I believe vibrant colors belong with particular contexts (similar to tropical nations) the place they’ll work very nicely. The UK panorama is often not one in every of them. Nonetheless it largely relies on nicely they’re utilized by the panorama painter.

What do you do with a really massive monochrome object?

The problem of the intense underpaintings arose partially, I believe, due to the large expanse of portland stone used within the Three Graces. 

To all intents and functions it was a monochrome tonal design of sunshine and darkish.

The Three Graces by Quentin Martin

I believe Quentin Martin nearly obtained away with it – partially as a result of the clouds confirmed up! However there’s nonetheless an excessive amount of pink within the work for my liking.

Have a look at the Skyline

The skyline is the define of options (land / buildings / no matter) in opposition to the sky. You may see it very clearly in Quentin’s portray above.

TIP: I as soon as obtained a wonderful tip from an excellent panorama painter and that was to all the time have a look at the skyline that will help you type out what to incorporate and what to depart out.

It additionally helps you get a way of:

  • What’s gentle and what’s darkish – and typically the sky is darker than the subject material
  • Relative proportions
  • that are the important thing shapes which actually matter and that are supporting solid
  • it helps you discover a focus – the focal point in a portray
  • it helps with design and describe the bottom in counterpoint to the outlines on the skyline in opposition to the sky.
I’ve simply realised there’s little or no dialogue within the programme about focal factors!


Following 4 hours of portray – two earlier than and after lunch –
time is known as and the judging begins.

Wildcard Winner

The primary determination is concerning the Wildcards – who can select their spot and select
their topic.
How fortunate are they!! It is value not getting within the pod simply to
get the selection!!

Kate Bryan tells Melanie Thorn Potton that she is the
wildcard winner

The Wildcard winner was
Melanie Thorn Potton (Instagram). She is a recent panorama painter who has participated as a
wildcard in each the 2022 and 2024 collection. She now lives within the Cotswolds
however has plenty of associations with North Devon. She graduated with a Nice Artwork
diploma from Gloucestershire College and a Masters diploma in City Design
from Birmingham Metropolis College. She has exhibited all through
Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

Be aware that she is an skilled panorama painter working plein air as she has:

  • a large brimmed hat which shades the nape of her neck
  • sun shades so she will be able to see what she’s doing – and see tones higher
  • a really good good friend with a really massive umbrella to offer shade as

That is her portray. The water was a lot admired.

Pier head jetty for the Mersey Ferries

The profitable wildcard portray by Melanie Thorn Potton

The Shortlist

There’s a picture of all the warmth work lined up on the prime of this weblog submit.

Beneath you possibly can see the warmth work and the artists ready for the
announcement concerning the shortlisting. 

  • Three artists tackled all of the buildings – Quentin, Penny and Chris. Quentin’s was pinkish – however had good shapes and proportions; Penny’s appeared to get misplaced beneath the sheer quantiy of paint and I discovered Chris’s buildings to be too purple and black.
  • The remaining edited down what they may see to a slice – and added in different objects
    • Ruqayya tackled a part of the Port of Liverpool constructing plus the octopus
    • Mark discovered a view which was not meant. He took the sting of 1 constructing and contrasted it with the sting of the very up to date Museum of Liverpool (perhaps he’d learn concerning the debate concerning the withdrawal of the Heritage standing)
    • Kerry included the statue of the Beatles with the Liver Constructing behind – and managed to keep away from the Beatles changing into dominant
    • Monica took a slice out of the cupola on the prime of the Port of Liverpool Constructing – and sliced off many of the dome
    • Ciaren managed to incorporate among the timber in his foreground – however I do not suppose he would contemplate it one in every of his higher work. City landscapes are merely not his factor and I felt he would have finished so significantly better in one of many different heats.
The Pod Artists with their Warmth Work

The shortlisted artists have been:

  • Quentin Martin
  • Ruqayya Aftab
  • Monica Popham

I did not really feel many of the work produced on the day have been notably sturdy – for which I blame the subject material and the warmth of the day and all of the artists feeling reasonably challenged by that individual mixture – and who would blame them!

Quentin Martin

Quentin Martin: Two panoramic work
Submission of a backyard and warmth portray of Pier Head

What was most spectacular about Quentin’s portray was :

  • its panoramic format – which meant he included all three buildings with no slicing off
  • he used a shorthand for his brushworks which recommended options with out embroidery
  • the vegetation on the backside grounded the buildings
  • the octopus was very shorthand and was sliced – and therefore didn’t distract vastly
  • his sky unified the portray and included the clouds which got here alongside in the direction of the tip of the day

There once more he is had architectural coaching and may have the ability to paint buildings.

Apparently portray buildings is what he is least more likely to do when making work!

I assumed he was the almost definitely to win.

Ruqayya Aftab

Ruqayya Aftab: Submission (a linocut print) and Warmth portray

I reasonably obtained the impression that the Judges have been hoping that Ruqayya would possibly do a woodcut print for the warmth however she very sensibly determined {that a} portray was a extra smart choice given the time allowed and the time required to provide a formidable woodcut. Certainly I can not consider one artist who has tackled a woodcut in a pod.

Nonetheless her woodcut of a market in Pakistan could be very spectacular, but it surely’s fairly small (as many nice artwork prints are). She was perhaps additionally considering she wanted to go greater within the warmth….

I assumed her composition was nice. She sliced each the Port of Liverpool constructing and large pink blowup octopus in order that the latter didn’t dominate. Then launched a single particular person wanting on the octopus – which I assumed seemed odd to start out with. Earlier than I realised she was the one individual to actually attempt to introduce folks to the panorama artwork they have been producing.

Monica Popham

Monica Popham: submission and warmth portray

Monica’s work are fascinating as they are typically very graphic with plenty of angles and contours after which some quite simple colors mapping out shapes inside or outdoors the principle form.

I like her work, however I assumed that with two small work she most likely stood little likelihood of getting shortlisted. 

Tai was a fan of her columns which have been plenty of straight strains “none of which have been straight”!

Kate was a fan of her submission and the 

Kathleen preferred her crops and enhancing and her use of color

Winner of Episode 4

The Shortlisted Artists
Left to proper: Quentin Martin, Ruqayya Aftab and Monica Aftab

The winner was Monica Popham

To be completely sincere, I discovered this stunning. No reflection of Monica as an artist, however I are likely to count on that folks getting by to the semi finals are individuals who have demonstrated they’ll go massive if required for a £10,000 Fee. Her warmth portray was greater than her submission – however was nonetheless solely 40 x 30cm (in Acrylic on MDF board).

I actually like her small graphic and really centered crops – as seen on her web site. I simply had a query mark as as to whether she will be able to go greater. Having now reviewed her web site correctly, I can see she will be able to do a lot greater and really graphic murals – so she will be able to go massive!

So can we conclude from this that perhaps they do spend time taking a look at folks’s web sites??

Beneath is Monica along with her submission portray – which she did whereas she was within the vibrant solar of Gibraltar.

Subsequent week’s episode

Subsequent week the pods are again – at Hever Citadel in Kent – and this time they’re portray the fortress, which I suppose means the wildcards are presumably going to be down on the lake – though there’s sufficient room for them to be subsequent to the fortress too.


Name for Entries

The deadline for submission is NOON on Friday third Could 2024 – and entries are ONLY accepted on-line.

This Collection up to now

Weblog posts of heats up to now:

Previous Collection – Opinions

You can too learn previous critiques of the Panorama Collection of the Yr which very
many earlier pod artists – and wildcards – have stated they’ve discovered useful.

  • lists all critiques I’ve printed for collection episodes broadcast between
    2018 and 2023
  • along with the subjects / themes /TIPS I recognized in every
The programme is broadcast by Sky Arts ( obtainable on Sky, Now TV and
Channel 36 on Freeview) and the movies are made by Storyvault Movies.

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