Having been told I would appear on the 24th - 28th January episodes of Watercolour Challenge, I was rather surprised to see my judging face at Royal William Yard this afternoon on Channel 5!
Watercolour Challenge sees four amateur painters competing to capture some of Britain’s finest views against the clock. I'm delighted to be the judge for the Devon heats, which will be screened at 4pm daily this week on Channel 5.
The aspiring artists have just three hours to capture, in watercolour, the scene before them - from beaches to mountains, castles to railway stations.
Encouraging them all the way is enthusiastic host Fern Britton and, each week a different professional artist, who acts as both mentor and judge and provides expert tips along the way.
This series sees artists in Devon, Yorkshire, South Wales and Cornwall all going brush to brush to create the perfect rendition of the best of British views.
For the 5 Devon-based heats, 'amateur' painters Ashley Raddon, Faye Allison, Ken Maharajah and Kathy Jenner competed for 3 hours at a time to capture Devon's most majestic viewpoints.
I say 'amateur' because the standard was incredibly high, and really these watercolourists have much more experience and talent than the word 'amateur' would have you believe!
I hope you enjoy the series, and that it lives up to your memories of the original series' led by Hannah Gordon in the nineties!
Watercolour Challenge is 20 episodes, weekdays from 17th January 2021. Also available to catch up on My5