Wowee. That was close!!!! The RWAOpen (The Royal West of England Academy Open) was the only competition I entered this year with any of the major institutions, and I genuinely had no expectations of it, and had actually chastised myself for 'wasting' the entry fee. So when I found out that not one, but two of my paintings had been pre-selected I was absolutely over the moon. Maybe it isn't THE Royal Academy, but it is one of only 5 Royal Academies in the UK, so it's still quite a big deal - for me anyway! So my paintings duly delivered to RWA in Bristol - they are somewhere in that room, waiting for the Jurors to deliberate. I didn't make the final cut, but being in that room was enough for me! And there's always next time!!