Thursday, 13 September 2012


Just got back to the house to await the arrival of Messums.  We are due a catch up and it's about time I provided a sandwich for David and Carol.  The morning's post had arrived:
"Oo goody the Discerning Eye results"
I opened the letter to find 6 straight 'R' s. That hurt.  You always come across people who no longer submit for the RA Open since the year they were rejected (while their work had been in consistently for 20 years or so).   I have always found this a  natural but illogical reaction.  Art is subjective and it is all down to that year's selectors.  BUT...  That Friday 'put in' was a beautiful day and I spent hours driving to London, collecting paintings and dropping them off and I was really frustrated at the time.  It was a wasted day and a missed day's painting. GRRRR!!!
But never mind.  Much more interesting is my new discovery:
I headed down that way on Tuesday as the sun looked best there.  I stopped first at Osmington Mills for a painting and then on to Weymouth.  School has started hasn't it?  It was throbbing.  what amazing terraces on the front with wonderful victorian shelters and railings, loads of cafes, b&b's, hotels.. and tonnes of people eating ice creams.  It is great and I will be back a lot I think.
Lesson is:
Paint and do as little running around with the goddam things when they are done as possible.
Now I must tidy my studio for the visitation.


  1. 6 r`s!!! thats outrageous..who were the judges, i thought they were supposed to be discerning!

  2. 6 straight 'R's....that's inconceivable to me Pete! I agree with Karl - what are they trying to discern between? Great painting and modernist crap, presumably. Gives hope to the rest of us...or does it? I've entered 5 for the NEAC for the first time, not expecting much, so shall be even less disappointed if I get 5 straight 'R's!

    1. Just seen who the selectors were which explains a modernist portraitist, one abstract painter, two collectors and two art critics (groan)...that explains a lot.

  3. Thank you for your support Karl and Peter. I am quite happy now. I was an idiot not to look at the judges really. I get my fair share of lucky breaks anyway and should not moan.

  4. Hi Petethestreet, I just discovered you! Sorry it took so long. Lol! I'm looking forward to your DVD coming out in January . Absolutely love your work!!!