Originally varnishing day was for artists to retouch their paintings and varnish for the exhibition, now its a celebration for the artists who are exhibiting. We were greeted by a steel band and then London traffic was stopped so we could walk to St James Church where there was a service and blessing for the artists. Then we were walked back to a refreshments, to look at all the paintings and also prize giving. I caught sight of a few celebrities...Una Stubbs, a well known English actress and Harry Hill.
As there were no guests allowed I did make a few friends and exchanged numbers.
I feel thrilled and honoured to have my painting hanging where great artists of the past such as Turner and artists that are at the top of their career now.
|Steel Band in the courtyard|
|Me in front of the RA, behind the installation by Conrad Shawcross called Dappled Light of the Sun.|
|Artists being led out of the RA|
|Stopping London Traffic!|
|Entrance to St James Church|
|Another art installation leading to the exhibition halls|
|Me with my teeny tiny painting at the top. : )|