Each year the Royal Institute of Oil Painters hold an exhibition at the Mall galleries, London.

Although much of the work in the exhibition is by members, there is also an open submission although competition is fierce!

I was extremely happy to have a painting exhibited there again this year, and on 17th December I went down to the gallery for the ROI's (Royal Institute of Oil painters) evening painting event.

Tickets are sold in advance for the painting evening either to paint from the model (there are actually three models as the event is so popular) alongside ROI members or to observe with a glass of wine and a mince pie.

It's a fun evening with a great atmosphere. The gallery is full of artists, models and spectators and when the models are ready you have about two and a half hours to paint with a couple of breaks.

During the evening the ROI members that are present look around at all the paintings in progress, and at the end they get together to vote for who will win the prize. I was enormously honoured that my painting was chosen as the winning painting of the evening!

Here's a photo of me alongside the model with the painting. My prize was £200 worth of Winsor and Newton art materials which I will look forward to spending, but the memories of the evening that I carry away with me are priceless.  You can find out more about the Royal Institute of Oil painters at www.theroi.co.uk and you can find out all about my latest painting adventures at www.haideejo.blogspot.com

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