Show me the Monet…part 2

So to continue the story from part 1…

Story so far… I applied and then tried to forget about it, certain that I would not make it through the first cut.

Then the phone call came that I had made it through the first cut of artists – from 3,000 to 300 I think? (although that could be wrong) I first of all had a telephone interview where they asked lots of questions about how I came to be painting, how far along I was in my career, my part time job (I work as a reminscence worker with older people a couple of days a week) and just life in general. So far so good. They would then be cutting the numbers down again before inviting the remaining possible artists down to London to be filmed on camera with the production company just to make sure we could string a sentence together I suppose without freezing through nerves. The phonecall came that I was to go down to London and at this point I was really starting to wonder if I had done the right thing in applying….after all I wasn’t supposed to make it this far!

So I get through the production interview (my first ever time being filmed) and then hear the news I had been dreading hoping for…… I had made it through to the final stage of being put before the hanging committee (I think around 130’ish artists were filmed for the show?) and I was asked to attend one of the judging days at Eltham Palace in London with my artwork!! What on earth had I let myself in for?

Studio days are the best days …



Tis late on a Friday night and I have been in the studio for most of the day. I had been really struggling with painting lately, going through a bit of a low period where although I have plenty of ideas I have been having trouble translating them into paintings.


But I have just been working through it as I have realised it is common for me to go through these times. I just need to keep sketching, journalling, writing and painting and at some point I come through to the other side.

 I hope this painting is the start. The other thing I find is that I go through low points in my work usually right before a change and development in my painting style.


This girl is an unusual composition for me but I think I like it. A bit more work to do tomorrow but I don’t think she is far from being finished. These photos aren’t in order as I am posting from my phone but I shall edit tomorrow.

Have a great weekend.

PS show me the Monet part 2 is in progress!