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Updated: Feb 20, 2020

After watching the RA Summer Show Exhibition with a friend ya few days ago, I feel enthused to try and apply for some big exhibitions and call for entries.

Things I’ve learnt -

- RA 2019 does not exist on the web yet.

- The deadline for Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2019 is 18th March and therefore expired.

  • To contend for the The Turner Prize 2019, you must be nominated for an exhibition that you have put on.

  • Jerwood Markers Open is open until 24th September 2018, but the Jerwood Drawing Prize for 2018 is closed.

  • Jerwood Drawing Prize 2019 does not exist on the web yet.

A few weeks ago I realised that I am restricted by my living arrangements for painting and I weighed up my options.

After a chat with a local cafe owner, I now have a space to paint.

I am still finding my feet with it, but the fact that I was able to move my equipment in the very next day and I am not being charged really is a blessing.

Despite what those who know me may think, I really am not very sociable at all. I like to be on my own in public spaces, I suppose you would call that a extroverted introvert, or visa versa.

This is not usually a problem when I want to sketch in a coffee shop, as most people are interested in their own coffee, or feeling tired, or stressed or generally distracted by their own lives.

When you add something into the mix such as a few boards and loads of painting equipment this then grabs peoples’ attention and they want to chat to you.

I am not a chatter.

I don’t enjoy small talk, I’ve spent the majority of my adult working life in hospitality humouring the need for superficial small talk with people that have no interest in me and who I have no interest in….

This is part of my problem as an artist - I know that I should attend as many private views as possible, ‘networking’. There is nothing I hate more than small talk.

So, I spend a lot of my time wearing earphones, not actually listening to music. I like to listen to conversations around me, but I don’t want to be involved in them.

Anyway, I am learning to not look grumpy or be passive aggressive.

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