Paint Out

2020 Paint Out continues as a 2 day event: Friday 7th and Saturday 8th August.
A pdf Information sheet will be available here early in 2020.

Paint Out 2019 was extended to 2 days:  Friday and Saturday, the  23rd and 24th of August

First (£100) and second (£50) prizes were awarded.

Holy Trinity Blythburgh is set within a superb natural environment providing saltmarsh, mudlfats, reed beds, valley fields, cows and sheep as subject matter, in addition to the architecture of church and village, which is now known to be a site of great archaeological interest.

Here’s a couple of shots of 2019 sites chosen by our artists for their plein air work.

The 2019 Paint Out attracted a strong field of painters from all over the region. Twenty one artists returned work for the competition and the resulting display within the main exhibition from Saturday afternoon, was excellent.

The winner (£100 art materials voucher) was Pete Connors from Brundall near Norwich with a delightful watercolour “Summer Fields”.

First prize: Watercolour ‘Summer Fields’ by Pete Connors.

The runner up (£50 art material voucher) was Amanda Barrett from Wickham Brook between Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds with “Old Quay, River Blyth”: her view of the river from behind the church. This year’s judges were local professional artists Mita and Steve Higton (both full members of the Institute of East Anglian Artists and previous exhibitors with IBBAS).

Amanda Barrett, ‘Old Quay, River Blyth’

The 2018 PAINT OUT competition was held on a very hot Saturday 4th August at Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, Suffolk.

Harry Becker’s grave is in Holy Trinity Blythburgh churchyard, and for the first time in our PAINT OUT competitions, artists were invited to consider using a working party clearing the grave as a figurative subject. We think a figurative subject may be unique in the field of Paint Out competitions.

cathedral of the marshes
Cathedral of the marshes: Holy Trinity, Blythburgh.

The competition attracted 11 participants and produced some excellent paintings during the 3 hour maximum time allowed.

Many artists stayed to paint or draw close to Becker’s grave while our volunteers cleared the long grass away from the headstone and surround – revealing confirmation that Becker’s wife is commemorated on the surround (it had been previously noted that she had not been included on the headstone).

Our judge was Margaret Wyllie, painter, conceptual artist and illustrator. 2018 Prizewinners are shown below.

Winner Anna Rumsby (Barnby)
Winner Anna Rumsby (Barnby)
2nd. prize Doug Farthing (Lowestoft) oil.
2nd. prize
Doug Farthing (Lowestoft) oil.
3rd prize Mary Gundry (Blythburgh)
3rd prize Mary Gundry (Blythburgh)