Something I didn’t mention in my blog about the semi-final at Felixstowe was my growing desire to be in the final so I could carry out the challenge set by the judges. I found this slightly weird as I had never enjoyed commissions in the past, but this felt different. Perhaps it was the competition which seemed to be bringing out different things in me. Things which I was clearly enjoying! Whilst I had some little moments of crisis, I had basically chuckled and gurned my way through my heat and the semi-final, and the thought of a commission no longer held the dread it has done in the past.
In previous years the additional painting carried out as part of the competition final had been called a commission. But this year they called it a “challenge” as it wasn’t just about painting at a given location, there were additional requirements. Once at our given location, mine being Brighton, we were presented with the following brief: