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Staple Fitzpaine artist is One Show's art competition winner
A HOME-GROWN amateur art talent from Staple Fitzpaine has been crowned the national winner of the BBC One Show’s 2013 Art Competition.
It may have been a week since Lucy Howard, 40, was hand-picked as the victor on prime time television by none other than Rolling Stone, Ronnie Wood, but “it has not really not sunk in”, says Lucy.
“I couldn’t believe it; it’s brilliant. It was a bit surreal.
“When we were all lining up and Ronnie came into the studio, he gave me a wink.
“I thought it was either him living up to his reputation, or maybe he was giving me a little wink to let me know!”
The One Show’s competition kicked off in July, where non-professional artists across the UK were invited to enter a drawing or painting along the theme of ‘Where I Live’.
Lucy’s submission, ‘Bloomin’ Roast’, depicting the lady herself in frantic cooking mode, with her dog in tow, was something she’d already painted. The judging panel, including the National Gallery’s curator, felt it fit the bill.
The real challenge began when she got to the final four – producing artwork along the theme of “Summer in Britain” in just a week.
Lucy’s final design was inspired by an English cream tea, for which her husband and daughter posed.
“I was a bit worried. It’s not a long time to do a painting in, and it’s the summer holidays as well, so I’ve got the children, but we carried on.”
Husband, Peter, 45, and three daughters, Ope, 15, Indie, 12, and Lily, 9, are all “really proud”.
Her winning efforts are now in the Open Centre, Media City UK, in Salford.
Lucy says she has “actively drawn and painted forever”.
But, now, Ronnie Wood, a practicing artist in his own right currently exhibiting in London, has tipped her as a national gem, she’s got to take herself more seriously, “and make something of all this”, he says.
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