Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Associate Membership of the ROI

I'm absolutely delighted to have been made an Associate member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters! Standards are very high so it's a real honour to be elected. I'm really looking forward to being a part of the society. The annual ROI exhibition is always a great spectacle and this year was no exception. So many great paintings on display....it was a real treat. The ROI paint evening is held during the exhibition and provides the opportunity to paint portraits with members in the main gallery. Many people come along to watch the artists in action and enjoy the atmosphere. It was a great night and I enjoyed painting the ROI president Peter Wileman who was one of the sitters.

Below are my 4 paintings that were accepted into this year's exhibition, along with a few of shots of the paint evening held during the exhibition. Looking forward to lots more painting action in 2012 :o)


Punt Station, Magdalen Bridge (Oxford),  oil on panel - SOLD


High Sun, Sennen Cove (10x13, oil on panel)


Sunrise, Onley (6x8 - oil on panel)


Kelling Birch (9x10, oil on panel)


Action from the paint evening


Tim King paints alongside members Lucy Mckie and David Curtis


Adebanji Alade, enjoying every moment!


My portrait setup, flanked by newly elected full member Tim Benson (left) and David Newens


My finished portrait of ROI President Peter Wileman!

14 comments:

  1. Congratulations David!!!! Well deserved!! You must be so proud. All your hard work paid off. Your selection of paintings this year is great so I'm not surprised it got noticed. I really like your portrait or Peter Wileman - it really has your signature brushwork; soft and subtle and that says a lot with just a few brushstrokes. I think you should definitely do more portraits. Well done, a very good way to end the year and celebrate. Looking forward to seeing your second "batch" of Venice. All the best. Valérie

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  2. Congratulations Dave! Well deserved!!!

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS! I am so pleased for you. What a well deserved honor. I was just telling some of my friends about your recent paintings at lunch today. I am so impressed. I see great things in your future!
    Merry Christmas and a super 2012.
    Doug

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  4. Thanks Douglas. That's very kind of you to say so :o) It does indeed feel an honour to be elected and it's a great incentive to keep trying to raise the bar! I hope you have a lovely Christmas over in the US and perhaps manage to get out and paint some snow (if you happen to get any at this time of year!).

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  5. Thanks Adebanji and it was great to see you in fine form at the paint evening :o)

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  6. Thanks Valerie! Yes, I enjoyed the portrait session and would like to do more. It's trickier finding sitters but if anyone's voluteering please let me know :o) You did a great life study recently (as seen on your blog) and you should do more yourself too! I went to the paint evening the day after returning from Venice and it felt like I was still in the landscape flow. This seemed to be helpful, seeing and simplifying in the same way I try to tackle plein air landscapes. I wanted to keep the colours clean and the brushmarks simple and direct. Peter was a good sitter too, barely moving a muscle! I've never sat for a portrait myself but can imagine it's quite a challenge.

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  7. Merry Christmas and congratulations on becoming a member of the ROI! You say that the standards are high, yet to my mind your paintings are very good and definitely deserve to be in their exhibition - I love the colours and the general feeling that the brush strokes just float above the canvas creating perfect pictures. Looks like your 2012 is going to be even more creative right from the start! Kristina

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  8. Thanks Kristina :) The brushwork seems to becoming more of a feature in my work these days. I really enjoy making marks with paint with a minimum of fuss! Not always easy but when it works it seems to bring energy to the surface. All the best to you too for 2012!

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  9. Just caught up with your news, very well done. And what a fabulous selection of paintings from Venice.

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  10. Thanks Ian :) Very kind of you. I'll post more from Venice soon. Currently attempting to scale a couple up in the studio...nice project whilst the weather's so drab and damp!

    Hope all is good with you and you're making the most of the festivities. I'm hoping to paint down in London again soon....fancy a paint out along the Thames one weekend?

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  11. Well done! Great paintings and nice photos of the ROI evening. Its a pity I couldn't get along - it looks good fun.

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  12. Thanks Roy. It's one of the best events I know of at the Mall Galleries. Always great fun. Hope you're settling into the new house and had a nice Christmas.

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  13. This must have been particularly pleasing after The New English Art Club rejected the same painting! Very pleased for you.

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