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National TV Show Focuses on Yorkshire Coast Landscapes

The Yorkshire Coast is going to feature on a daily TV show this week hosted by Fern Britton.

Watercolour Challenge will be on Channel 5 at 4pm each day.

It features four artists battling it out to create the best rendering of a Yorkshire coast landscape.

Whitby Artists Ady Wright is on the show as the mentor and judge.

Former soldier Ady, turned to art as part of his therapy after a severe injury ended his military career.

He now paints in his shop window gallery in Whitby, he says being a judge on the show was a great experience.

In episode one of the programme which airs at 4pm on Monday, Fern heads to the North Yorkshire coast to conjure up the magic of the traditional British seaside holiday.

The programmes producers say:

"The four artists set up their easels on the promenade in South Bay and take in the sweep of the shoreline from the Victorian-built Grand Hotel to the 12th-century castle on the hill, all the way over to the historic harbour. It’s a vista packed with pitfalls for any artist, let alone four amateur painters. Judging the final painting today is army veteran and professional painter Ady Wright. He is on hand to guide the artists through this complex scene as well as offering a top tip on dramatic sketching using raw watercolour pigment. As the artists tackle this complex view, Fern learns how Scarborough became known for its healing waters — both for quaffing and bathing. We also hear the story of another painter who once painted this exact view, perhaps the most influential watercolourist of all time — Joseph Mallord William Turner, whose paintings of Scarborough are just part of his incredibly legacy to the art world. He’s a hard act to follow — will the painters crumble?"

Later in the week the programme will visit Goathland Railway station on Tuesday, Castle Howard on Wednesday, Peasholm Park on Thursday before returning to Castle Howard on Friday.

Ady says he wont be going easy on the contestants.

Ady turned to painting after a career in the Army was cut short by injury.

Ady said:

"After fifteen years in the British Army, I sustained a severe injury whilst on active service. My military career fell apart. After sessions of surgery, a course of rehabilitation began at Headley Court. That was when deep depression set in.

Army doctors tried various therapies, but the darkness did not lift.

One day, a therapist, thinking ‘outside the box’, bought me an ALDI painting kit costing £4.99. That humble box of cheap pigments, brushes and paper, kick-started this creative journey.

To sweep pigment across canvas felt so natural; this new way to express myself, simply wonderful. It really was a huge deal to me at the time. It was a revelation, and to this day, I’m bemused over how it came to be.

I then shut myself away from the world for eight years. Set up a tiny studio in the hallway of my house, and painted, and painted, and painted . . ."

Ady's work can be seen in his online gallery at https://adywright.com/gallery

 

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