The Big Painting Challenge Contestants Judge our Scapes Competition

The Big Painting Challenge Contestants Judge our Scapes Competition

Luckily, our friends from the first series of The Big Painting Challenge were more than happy to stand in as judges and so over the Easter weekend contestants Amy, Anne and Alison looked through your entries and each picked a winner to receive some exciting art prizes. It was no easy task, but our judges gave Lachlan Goudie and Daphne Todd a run for their money and picked some fantastic winners. As well as the 3 lucky winners, the judges also made a few notable mentions of art that caught their eye. Scroll down to find out who made our judges’ top 3.


“It is no coincidence I waited until the very last minute before coming back with my choices… it was a very difficult task, worse I have to say than some of the challenges in the big painting challenge. There were so many good ones I hope I have done it justice and want to thank you for the privilege.”

Anne’s Winner: Tony Kenwright‎ – Mathew Street, Liverpool, Home of the Famous Cavern Club
Liverpool… I love the use of colour. I visited that street during the show and instantly recognised it. The artist has done real justice to it and has captured the lights and the night life. You can almost hear the buzz.

“There were some really good entries and it was very hard to whittle it down to this amount! Thanks and good luck to the winner!”

Alison’s Winner: Samantha Anne Hutchinson‎ – St Pauls II
Great urban landscape painting with great use of a limited palette and tone to create a sense of a wet day in London.

“It’s been so difficult to choose, sooooo much talent out there. It’s not that these ones are better than all the others I just picked 3 that I really really liked.”

Amy’s Winner: Linda Mumba – Tranquil Places
I have picked the paintings that I think have an interesting use of texture or application of paint. I love the hazy softness of this summer landscape. It has a definite sense of time of day and season. The aerial perspective is fairly well achieved although I think it could have been improved with more definition in the foreground. The touch of pink which is mirrored in the sky gives more presence to the green and golds and adds to the summer warmth of the overall piece.

Notable Mentions:

Notable Mentions (Anne): Juliet Forrest – Froggatt Rock Pools
I am certain this is the lake district. Please tell me I am right. I have been up there several times. It is so atmospheric, so panoramic and breathtakingly gorgeous and I was immediately and emotionally transported to the area the minute I saw this painting. I love the aerial perspective.

Notable Mentions (Anne): Rosalind Jane‎ – Castle Campbell
This is my third choice… this is a fabulous imaginative composition. Very haunting, very moody and the fact it’s done in monochrome lends to this moodiness. It leaves me staring at it… wanting to know more. I am not sure why but the moodiness of this painting makes me think of William Blake.

Notable Mentions (Alison): Barbara Taylor Harris – Dramatic Sky
Very moody and atmospheric – a great use of a limited colour palette to invoke an emotional response!

Notable Mentions (Alison): Katie Cook
Love the use of a palette knife in this – a happy summer painting.

Notable Mentions (Amy): Jan Shaw‎ -Winter Sunshine
Again, I love paintings that show a love for and exploration into the use of paint rather than just an effort to recreate in paint a photorealistic view. This artist has shown their enjoyment of the rhythmic lines made by the natural elements of the world. The silent dance of shadows under the utter stillness of a cold winter sun. The contrast yet harmony of lights and darks. It’s a lovely study driven by the need of an artist not impress but to capture what he can from a personal experience, a meaningful solitary moment.

Notable Mentions (Amy): Daksha Amin‎ – Rainy night at Canary Wharf
This painting is so evocative it reminded me of a bleak autumn I spent teaching in an East London school. I’m sure many people could relate to this painting their memories of cold, damp and lengthy evening commutes. But there also exists a warmth in the depiction of a couple amongst the lonely commuters, and also in the rich copper lights reflected on the pavement. A painting should tell a story and this one certainly does; one that 20 million British commuters can understand and be moved by.

You can view more of the fantastic entries to our #scapes art competition in our Galleries of Artwork.

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