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MAKING A MARK: Evaluation: Episode 5 of Panorama Artist of the Yr Sequence 9 (2024)

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That is my penultimate Warmth Evaluation of Sequence 9 of Panorama Artist of the Yr . Yet another to go after which it will likely be the semi-finals! This week’s fifth warmth got here from Pier Head in Liverpool.

  • On one facet of the Pods have been the Three Graces – very giant and historic buildings related to Liverpool’s previous. 
  • On the opposite facet 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 evaluation of the fifth episode of the ninth collection of Panorama Artist of the Yr
As common readers will know by now, it considers:

  • the placement and climate
  • the artists’ profiles
  • themes arising throughout the episode
  • judges decision-making
  • who was shortlisted and who received.

Location and Climate

Topic Matter: Three giant buildings for the pod artists
(be aware the pods on excessive proper of Pier Head)
wildcards may 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 this planet to be constructed
      utilizing strengthened 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 combination 
      of Italian Renaissance and Greek Revival types. It was residence residence to Cunard’s passenger amenities for trans-Atlantic journeys departing from Liverpool. 

    • the Port of Liverpool Constructing (1904-1907) – previously the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Places of work, extra generally often known as the Dock Workplace is a
      Grade II* listed constructing. It was the primary large constructing on Pier Head and was constructed with a strengthened 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 highly regarded day – and but once more the pods are out within the
. The artists get the advantage of followers however there may be completely no shade. 

  • I am not fairly certain how the authorized necessities for taking good care of the
    well being and wellbeing of the contributors permits for no shade in any respect on a highly regarded and sunny day. 
  • Or possibly there may be shade and I can not see it? I do know the highest of the pod is opaque. It will be good to comprehend it comprises 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 scorching 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 scorching day I would stroll out – or insist they sorted out some shade for me.

Pods on pier head on a highly regarded day with no shade.

The opposite drawback 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 throughout the pod – large enough for artist and portray.

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

Artists’ Profiles

I am starting to assume that the cameras which document the artists work
will need to have stopped working
– as a result of we now have
LOST the official itemizing (which is a good pity) of:

  • the right spelling of each artist’s identify
  • hyperlinks to their social media websites
  • a video of how they created their panorama art work

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 identify – if
they’ve one.

  • Ruqayya Aftab  – a positive 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 principally 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 blended media artist from Cumbria. He’s knowledgeable mural
    artist and likes portray on a vibrant pink 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 subject. She now paints in acrylics. Her submission portray was both lovely and unhappy – of a terrace at a resort 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 truly like for the artists within the pods!

  • Quentin Martin (Instagram) – a British architectural designer, artist and artwork tutor who enjoys portray. Working principally in oils, his topics primarily embrace landscapes. Produced en plein air, the work is as a lot concerning the journey, in the hunt for the topic, as it’s the topic itself. He has exhibited broadly 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 observe is anxious with mark-making and explorations
    of time and reminiscence.

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

If you happen to’re
pondering of getting into
positively do. It’s a cool expertise and spectacular to see how such
a giant manufacturing comes collectively on the day.

  • Monica Popham (Instagram) – a digital media supervisor and panorama artist and illustrator from Gibraltar. At the moment based mostly 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 observe as a lot as attainable. 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 informed 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 counsel 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 opinions a point out! 


The issues of portray on a scorching day

This is a few of the issues that occur to artists / painters on a scorching 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 troublesome to manage 
  • results that are attainable when utilizing watercolour turn out to be completely
  • 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 hold 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 giant river,
there could also be cooling winds which could provide you with 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 once you get it inside and outside of the solar….

TIP: Scale back issues with scorching climate by ALWAYS finding your self in
the shade when in any respect attainable.  
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 initially

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

TIP: Plein air artists are really helpful to dimension up the scene for the transit of the solar – however to ensure they do all of the above quick so you may get a spot within the

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

Plus take equipment with you which of them helps you address the solar, vibrant mild and warmth

  • sun shades allow you to see tones higher – and also you eyes additionally will not
    endure from an excessive amount of vibrant mild
  • ensure you’ve received 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 large secure brim if within the solar
  • Put on a solar visor if sitting within the shade. You do not want a hat to
    hold the solar off your head however you continue to want one thing to restrict the
    quantity of solar in your eyes.


  • ensure your tonal sample in relation to daylight stays the
    similar all through

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

  • be careful for mirrored mild
    – which can even change because the
    route of sunshine adjustments


I requested those that comply with the collection at what level they attempt to determine
who might need received.
I received plenty of responses. This was one in all them.

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

I could not have mentioned it higher. 

For me the venture administration of
location decisions throughout the collection relative to the fee wants
some very vital enchancment.

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

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

How you can strategy a topic anyone else has informed you to color

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

To this point this collection, no person has circled of their pod and painted the
view the opposite method. (bear in mind what occurred in Episode 3 final yr?)  

Simply bear in mind it is an possibility. 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 facet and never only one straight in entrance.

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

Resembling a really giant pink octopus?

That is what gaced the painters. A particularly giant 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 those that
included it. I believed those that ignored it have been probably the most wise. It is definitely what I might have accomplished.

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

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

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

TIP: I might not advocate utilizing a
panoramic format except you’ve got accomplished this earlier than
– ideally a number of instances. the best way 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 form 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 stunned that we do not see extra sq. codecs given how a lot
Instagram loves sq.!!

VERY Scorching Colored Grounds: Pink and Shiny Crimson and Orange!!

The highly regarded warmth on the day was notable for talso being related to quite a lot of very vibrant / “scorching” paints used to create a floor on their chosen assist earlier than portray correct began. 

The notion of utilizing a scorching color as a floor is that when you might have 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 aircraft. 

The color you tone your assist 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 dimension, 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 feel vibrant colors belong with particular contexts (equivalent to tropical international locations) the place they’ll work very nicely. The UK panorama is often not one in all them. Nevertheless it largely will depend on nicely they’re utilized by the panorama painter.

What do you do with a really giant monochrome object?

The difficulty of the intense underpaintings arose partially, I feel, 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 feel Quentin Martin nearly received 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 acquired 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 kind out what to incorporate and what to go away out.

It additionally helps you get a way of:

  • What’s mild and what’s darkish – and generally 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 how you can 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 named and the judging begins.

Wildcard Winner

The primary choice 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 up to date 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.

Notice 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 see what she’s doing – and see tones higher
  • a really good good friend with a really large umbrella to supply shade as

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

Pier head jetty for the Mersey Ferries

The successful 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 publish.

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 pink and black.
  • The remainder edited down what they might 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 modern Museum of Liverpool (possibly 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 turning into dominant
    • Monica took a slice out of the cupola on the prime of the Port of Liverpool Constructing – and sliced off a lot of the dome
    • Ciaren managed to incorporate a few of the timber in his foreground – however I do not assume he would contemplate it one in all his higher work. City landscapes are merely not his factor and I felt he would have accomplished so a lot 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 a lot of the work produced on the day have been significantly robust – for which I blame the subject material and the warmth of the day and all of the artists feeling quite challenged by that exact 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 steered 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 top of the day

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

Curiously portray buildings is what he is least prone to do when making work!

I believed he was the more than likely to win.

Ruqayya Aftab

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

I quite received the impression that the Judges have been hoping that Ruqayya may do a woodcut print for the warmth however she very sensibly determined {that a} portray was a extra wise possibility given the time allowed and the time required to provide a powerful woodcut. Certainly I can not consider one artist who has tackled a woodcut in a pod.

Nevertheless her woodcut of a market in Pakistan may be very spectacular, nevertheless it’s fairly small (as many positive artwork prints are). She was possibly additionally pondering she wanted to go greater within the warmth….

I believed her composition was nice. She sliced each the Port of Liverpool constructing and big pink blowup octopus in order that the latter didn’t dominate. Then launched a single particular person wanting on the octopus – which I believed seemed odd to begin with. Earlier than I realised she was the one individual to actually try 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 exterior the principle form.

I like her work, however I believed that with two small work she in all probability stood little probability 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 trustworthy, I discovered this stunning. No reflection of Monica as an artist, however I are likely to count on that folks getting by means of to the semi finals are individuals who have demonstrated they’ll go large 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 targeted crops – as seen on her web site. I simply had a query mark as as to whether she will go greater. Having now reviewed her web site correctly, I can see she will do a lot greater and really graphic murals – so she will go large!

So can we conclude from this that possibly 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 Fortress in Kent – and this time they’re portray the fortress, which I assume 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 Sequence up to now

Weblog posts of heats up to now:

Previous Sequence – Evaluations

You may as well learn previous opinions of the Panorama Sequence of the Yr which very
many earlier pod artists – and wildcards – have mentioned they’ve discovered useful.

  • lists all opinions I’ve printed for collection episodes broadcast between
    2018 and 2023
  • along with the matters / 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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