t's that time of the year again when I punt my application in to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. I do seem to have become a bit fixated on getting some work in there, but this year is going to be different, oh yeah!
For a starter I'm putting two pieces of work in, one is pretty small, about half the size of an A5 piece of paper but what it lacks it size it gains in intensity! Over the past two years when I've submitted stuff when I've walked in with the rest of the giggly hopefuls I've seen people walking in with triptychs and work so large that it takes two people to carry it in to which I snort (inwardly) like the old lag I am and think: "That ain't never gonna get in!" Like many things in life size matters at the Summer Exhibition and you've got a better punt if the work is compact and bijou, so I've kept that in mind. My second piece is bigger but not to the scale of previous work I've submitted.
I would have liked to have had more work to have picked from but I've hit a bit of a dry period over the last six months, nothing seems to have quite hit the mark for me, but I have been hit by some inspiration recently, Picasso once said "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working."
The other thing I'm doing differently this year is that I'm not putting all my eggs in one basket. I've got some ideas for new work and a few places to submit to, so I'm just going to enjoy having another tilt at the Summer Exhibiton.