Today was the day when I had to go back up to the East End again and collect my unsuccessful entry for the BP National Portrait Award. It wasn't an entirely depressing affair. I met and chatted with another artist outside called Beka Smith and after a while we exchanged cards - it was interesting discussing the 'business' of portrait painting. She previously came third in the competition and had some great insights. I look forward to meeting her again.
A few people were grumbling that they weren't going to bother entering again. I am, but my painting will be pocket-sized! I'm fed up of lugging such large paintings around.
The guest judge this year was Twiggy. At least now I know she has seen my work! Not necessarily liked it, but seen it...
Incidentally, I just changed my profile photo and this site told me 'fetching profile photo' - I love compliments!