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Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Fantastic Day!

Rehearsal, with Christine Bleakley.

Five winners, and companions, in the Green Room. Neldas' daughter Christina, Amanda Henriques, me, Ken Simpson with family, Jenny Olsen and her mum, and Nelda Utilini.

The award, to commemorate the day.

After a very shaky start, (I couldn't get my train ticket because the machine wasn't working, I couldn't find my taxi at Kings Cross and I left my debit card in the public phone!), I got to the television studio in a bit of a state! All soon forgotten and I was flying high. Primetime, live television, wow!

I discovered I was one of the five winners! I discovered that the Royal Academy was involved in the judging! To be chosen from 3500 entries by such exalted company is an accolade indeed. And I am very chuffed, can't stop grinning!

I met five lovely people, all very passionate about their art, and all very different. The time flew by, with chatting, discussions with the film crew about what would happen, debate about whether to 'unveil' the winners, eating the provided sandwiches, and soon we were rehearsing. Adrian and Christine had kind words to say to all of us, albeit very hurriedly, but poor Adrian was having a bad day.

The decision to 'unveil' the winners themselves and not the paintings, was carried unanimously. Brilliant idea, I thought.

Chris Orr was charming, friendly, delightful to talk to. He spent time with all of us, interested in our work, and ready with advice and praise.

Then the filming...we were on...poof was over!

I did feel a bit silly under the 'shroud', Nelda called it, which is probably why I forgot what I wanted to say! No matter, I enjoyed every single minute of it, and would do it again tomorrow.

If you missed the show it can be seen on the BBC One Show web site for the next week, and there is also backstage footage and the shortlisted 85 works from which the final five were chosen, if you care to explore the site.


Pattie Wall said...

Yea - Sharon. Looks like such a great ride of your life! I tried watching it, and it said something about "this content is not available at this time - try again later
so I will...thanks for sharing your wonderful event! Congrats once again - I am excited for you!

David Larson Evans said...

I'm proud of my U.K. friend it couldn't happen to a better person.

Sheila said...

CONGRATULATIONS! We in Blogland are so happy for you Sharon!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Out of 3500 entries?Wow!Congrats Sharon!You deserved it and its really great news!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on this award. You deserved to win. You must have been very excited, not every day an artist gets on television with their work. You should hang both of them on the wall and remember what a great day it was! Love the photos too.

KEITH PROCTOR Daily painting blog said...

Wow" congratulations Sharon, you deserve the attention, your work is a of a high standard indeed, thanks for your comment on my blog.
Glad to see someone getting there it helps others keep going, I have a link to you now , enjoy, "well done" and happy painting .

Vern Schwarz said...

Way to go Sharon, what a glorious honor. Unfortunately the clip won't play, so I'll just have to imagine the scene based on your very entertaining post. That's a great pic of you standing by your wonderful portrait.

Arti said...

Congrats , sharon... that must have been awsome! :)

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi Sharon, congratulations. You sederve it, your work is stunning!