A while back now I entered a piece of work 'Amongst It' in the Chapman & Bailey 2010 Belli Arti Award.
On the day after they announced the winner I popped over to the Chapman and Bailey website to see who'd won and to see if I could spot any pictures of my piece hanging in the exhibition.
I was completely fascinated by the picture above that shows the judges examining a group of paintings, including the winner's painting (a portrait by Lewis Miller) and also my piece. What is the story behind this picture I wondered? What are they doing? What is my painting doing there in the same group as the winner's? I even showed it to Cam and speculated about what it might mean.
A couple of weeks later, on the day the exhibition closed, I received a phone call from Chapman & Bailey. They wanted to know if they could keep my painting for a few weeks longer for a mini exhibition of pieces that the judges had shortlisted when deciding the award.
Detail from Amongst It
Full picture here
Yes, that's right, my painting was shortlisted, in an art award! How absolutely stoked am I?