Praised by the judges and public, Michael was a finalist in his heat that day, but the winner was John Ball, who went on to the semi-final. The overall winner for LAOTY 2017 was Tom Voyce.
But taking part is more than half the fun and being part of the show was a memorable experience for Michael. Tune in to watch him apply his formidable plein air painting skills. Hear him discuss his technique with presenters Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell and learn some of the secrets behind the process of painting from life.
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