On Tuesday last week I received confirmation that one of my paintings had been accepted for inclusion in the 205th Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries. With my return to painting in 2013 after a gap of nearly 20 years, this is a pleasing achievement. In three and a bit years of painting watercolour I've learned from a number of workshops and demonstrations hosted by artists I admire, useful new techniques and efficient use of the my modest skill. Of the many open exhibitions entered, most without success, the few which have chosen my work for show have made the process worthwhile. There is a long way to go from the initial inspiration seeing a small watercolour in the window of a gallery in Wells where I thought "I want to do that, to create that other world in paint, in that most unforgiving medium: watercolour." It now presents my most satisfying challenges with the occasional prize result.
MAJOR NATIONAL ART EXHIBITION
The painting was selected from a record number of entries to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading watercolour painters. This year 1,000 works were submitted to the exhibition. The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours exhibition will be on display at Mall Galleries between 6 and 22 April 2017.
The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) hold an open submission exhibition in central London each year. Founded in 1831, the RI was established to exhibit the best of progressive watercolours, showing a diversity of styles and techniques, from traditional uses of the medium to the more experimental and innovative paintings.
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