I nearly didn’t manage to submit my entry – I had planned to take a photograph of the artwork on 14th February (the day before the deadline), but there was absolutely zero sunlight! Fortunately, on the morning of the 15th the sun came out to play, and I was able to take some photos.
According to the RA website: “For the first round of the selection process, artists are asked to submit digital photographs of their work online. For the next stage of the application process, judges will shortlist up to 4,000 entries to be delivered to the Academy for a second round.”
The first round of judging finishes on 16th March. So now it’s out of my hands.
And that’s OK. I did what I said I was going to do, and I’m pleased and proud of myself for doing that. I feel no attachment to whether or not my painting will be selected by the judges.
This is the painting I entered. I call it “Love Conquers”
I had been feeling overwhelmed with all the negative news posts in my Facebook feed. I haven’t watched the TV news or bought newspapers for several years, so I usually try to keep up to date with what’s important via Facebook – but since the start of 2017 it’s been one bad news story after another.
I wanted to counteract the negativity through art.
Spreading love, one heart at a time.