Back in 2021 during a brief respite from lockdown I got the opportunity to compete on the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year program. I was selected to be in one of the infamous pods. My heat took place at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.
The weather was in our favour on that long 12 hour day of filming and we all worked to the best of our abilities in the four hours given to produce a picture.
It was such a fabulous, energetic, positive experience. One which took me completely out of my comfort zone. Panic, excitement and working amongst a flurry of film crew whilst trying to focus allowed me or rather forced me to approach my work in a more fluid, sketchy spontaneous way which I hope to take into my future work. Very freeing and satisfying. Just could have done with another four hours and a sit down!
The whole day although mentally exhausting was fascinating and great fun. Seeing behind the scenes and how the show is made, meeting the film crew, presenters and judges was worth all the nerves and apprehension in the run up to the big day.
Definitely one of the best creative experiences to date!
And the finished piece? Well, I needed a few more hours to tidy it up, but... what do you think?
Watch the episode on Sky Arts or Freeview