In line with The Great British Bake-Off and The Great British Sewing Bee the BBC have created a new competition series. This time to find Britain’s best amateur painter. The final 10 competitors were the “last painters standing” from the 6000 who applied to take part.
The competitors have to prove their skills in a range of artistic mediums – from oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings, to pencil, charcoal and chalk drawing challenges, covering figurative art themes from landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes to still life, portraiture and life drawing.
Judges Daphne Todd OBE, and internationally renowned figurative painter Lachlan Goudie, critique the amateur artists in three specially designed challenges each week. Presenters Una Stubbs and Richard Bacon follow the efforts of the ten determined artists (I’ve been loving Una Stubbs in this, it almost feels like Mrs Hudson is presenting).
I’ve been really enjoying this show, I’m slightly sad that I didn’t find out about it till after the series had finished airing. It has really inspired me to try out some different mediums and techniques. The final 4 episodes of The Big Painting Challenge are still available to watch on the iPlayer, however it seems that it is not available for those outside the UK. Sorry about that.