So Program 2, featuring landscapes - or more specifically seascapes at Hastings, was aired last night.
As you can see I couldn't get to grips with what my mentor, Pascal, had suggested for the second challenge, and so I felt I had to change tack. This obviously didn't work very well, but in my defense, the weather was so variable that there was no consistent appearance: we stated with a typical English grey day, followed by heavy mist which obscured the sea-view completely, ending in bright sunshine!
In normal circumstances I could imagine taking a break and then coming back to the piece when the weather is more in tune with what I started with. We didn't have that luxury. Given that my biggest problem, in general, is trying to find a method that I can work with which will enable me to complete a painting to my satisfaction within the time allotted, and then compound this with the changing weather situations led me to panic, and ad-lib with the colour scheme.
I actually quite liked the result, but have to admit in the colour scheme of the final result bore no resemblance to those on location, but then neither did my first painting which the judges were much more positive about - far more than I was!? At the time of the elimination decision I was very worried that I would be leaving, as it seemed clear that the judges didn't think I had met the brief for the second challenge. On that basis logic would argue that I was in line for "the chop". It appears from the comments and the selection of who they viewed in the elimination announcement that they thought I was too.
Still, I managed to survive another episode, but my continuing problem is going to be how I can finish a painting within the allotted timescale for each challenge!?