Third Time Lucky? Threadneedle Prize

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The results are out. The final cull has been made by the judges, who chose not to accept my painting Grab Your Eyes after they shortlisted the digital submission and then viewed the physical work. This is my second time being shortlisted. My second time incurring expense for both submitting the digital image (yes there is a fee) and courier costs to get the work to and from London. I have to ask myself whether I’m being played or whether it’s a matter of perseverance. To be shortlisted twice is one thing, but to ‘contribute’ financially to the prize and it’s affiliated services (the couriers) as part of the ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it’ approach is a bitter pill to swallow. A phrase that popped in to my mind recently was ‘you’ve got to live it to know it’, which to me means that without the benefit of hindsight or the impediment of pessimism, we have to continually make decisions that act as a feedback loop for future decisions. The experience of which is entirely different to if we had just sat on the fence.

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