Public Vote – National Open Art Competition and more murmurations.

new art sea-view with starlings

Murmuration 2

Not another public vote!  Just a quick post this time – summer is galloping past.  I’m delighted to say that this painting, Murmuration 2, has been shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition (@tnoac).

If you like it,  would you consider casting a vote for it?  It would be much appreciated. To make it simple for you, here is the direct link:…

Official description: Semi-abstract attempt to capture the light and endless horizon of the Sussex coast. Starlings, making those elegant, perfect formations which repeatedly dissolve and re-form. Science meets art.   Mixed media and silver leaf on my own handmade paper.

You can vote for as many paintings as you like; the complete list is here – it’s a long short list!  But they do get an awful lot of entries…. World Art Vote.

I guess most artists have mixed feelings about these competitive events, as I’ve said before. They can be expensive and time-consuming, and often your paintings are  tied up for months so you can’t display or sell them meanwhile.  And it’s always demoralising to be turned down.  But this  is a competition I really rate. Each painting is presented anonymously to the judges so it doesn’t matter who you are or who you know. The standard, to my eyes,  is alarmingly high. It’s beautifully and efficiently run by courteous and helpful staff.

Alongside the official judging there is also a ‘people’s vote’ – that’s the link above – the winning piece goes through whether or not the judges like it. These votes are a bit embarrassing for those of us who don’t have thousands of friends and followers on social media, but there you are….

In other news, I’ll post a link to the most recent Wolf at the Door newsletter (which is not very recent!) and will do a proper update after the Bank Holiday.

The Wolf closes his doors

Yes, our doors are closed – though we’re always happy to see people by appointment. And, please note… .

Nobody famous lived here!

Absolutely nobody famous…