To my surprise and delight I had a painting selected for this year's Open Show in December. I was equally delighted that David Pilgrim got 4 in - the maximum for a non-member. I also had another small oil through the initial trawl (ie a 'doubtful') that was cut out of the final selections. Both paintings were the ones that David P and Maddy my wife had tipped for selection. Having betted Maddy that I wouldn't get any selected this time, I am now ten quid the poorer!
The one that got in (8x10 inches) was dashed off on a cold afternoon early this year:
The 'doubtful but not selected one was Clearing Snow (6x8 inches):
I thought this little one with the bronze hare was good fun (about 7x8 inches I think) but I can understand why it was not selected:
I also submitted one of the recent Punts paintings, a Radcliffe Camera scene and this 8x10 of swans nesting in front of the new hide on Otmoor:
I have not submitted for 3 years so think myself lucky to have got another one in at this attempt. The standard is phenomenally high and the only way to have the slightest chance is to submit one's very best work. In the past I have overworked paintings in an attempt to make them more selectable but of course that just has the opposite effect. It was also interesting to look at the ROI blog and discover that the selection panel consisted almost entirely of my 'heroes' in the Society - their approval, and that of my painting pals, means more to me than anything else.